By Susan Sherratt, John Bennet
The connection among the Homeric epics and archaeology has lengthy suffered combined fortunes, swinging among 'fundamentalist' makes an attempt to exploit archaeology on the way to reveal the basic historicity of the epics and their heritage, and outright rejection of the concept that archaeology is able to contributing whatever in any respect to our figuring out and appreciation of the epics. Archaeology and the Homeric Epic concentrates much less on historicity in favour of exploring various different, possibly occasionally extra indirect, ways that we will use a multi-disciplinary method – archaeology, philology, anthropology and social background – to aid supply insights into the epics, the contexts in their in all probability lengthy construction, elements in their 'prehistory', and what they could have stood for at a variety of occasions of their lengthy oral and written background. the results of the Homeric epics at the historical past and renowned reception of archaeology, in particular within the specific context of recent Germany, is additionally a subject that's explored the following. participants discover quite a few concerns together with the relationships among visible and verbal imagery, the social contexts of epic (or sub-epic) production or new version, the jobs of bards and their relationships to varieties of buyers and audiences, the development and makes use of of 'history' as traceable via either epic and archaeology and the connection among 'prehistoric' (oral) and 'historical' (recorded in writing) classes. all through, the emphasis is on context and its relevance to the production, transmission, new edition and manipulation of epic within the current (or near-present) in addition to within the historic Greek earlier.
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Why did not he or his family try to help? But he too might have been an invention of the poet, useful at the point where the reference is made, but not intended to be a major figure in the story. Ian Morris once commented ‘the epic … was a poetic creation, what some eighth-century Greeks thought the heroic world ought to have been like’ (Morris 1997: 558, emphasis in original), and to me this makes good sense. It is certainly possible to identify some patterns of behaviour that are consistently depicted in the poems, but it seems risky in the extreme to assume that they give a reliable depiction of a historical society or period, while any historical element in the account of events is likely to have been so distorted as to be unrecognisable.
Archaeology and the Homeric Epic by Susan Sherratt, John Bennet