The Printed Homer: A 3,000 Year Publishing and Translation History of the Iliad and the Odyssey

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The Greek poet Homer was one of the greatest and most influential poets of all time. His epic Iliad and Odyssey were the foundation of Greek education and culture in the classical age ("Our earliest infancy was entrusted to the care of Homer," said Heraclitus 2500 years ago) and are widely read today. Nothing is known of Homer's life (some even doubt his existence) or of the composition of the two epics but we can assume that the texts that survive are not as they were ...
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The Greek poet Homer was one of the greatest and most influential poets of all time. His epic Iliad and Odyssey were the foundation of Greek education and culture in the classical age ("Our earliest infancy was entrusted to the care of Homer," said Heraclitus 2500 years ago) and are widely read today. Nothing is known of Homer's life (some even doubt his existence) or of the composition of the two epics but we can assume that the texts that survive are not as they were originally formed in oral tradition.

This is a publishing and translation history of the written forms of the Iliad and the Odyssey. It first considers who Homer might have been and then explores the when and how of the creation of the written forms of the works. The Homeric text in classical times and in medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire, and the Homeric text, the printing press and Renaissance humanism are next taken up. The successes and failures of the many who attempted to translate the works are analyzed critically and then-a major portion of the book-all the known texts, editions and translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey from 1470 to 2000 are listed. Finally, the author considers the future of the Homeric texts and the Poet's relevance to this and future generations. Seven valuable appendices (e.g., Modernizing of Latin City Names; First Printings in Vernacular Languages), a bibliography, and an index complete the work.

About the Author:
Philip H. Young is director of the Krannert Memorial Library at the University of Indianapolis and the author of Children's Fiction Series: A Bibliography, 1850-1950. He lives in Greenwood, Indiana.

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Young, director of the Krannert Memorial Library at the University of Indianapolis, offers a fascinating and readable history of the transmission of Homer and the Homeric texts in the Western world. Young is conversant with the most recent theories in Homeric scholarship, which he here presents with balance and clarity. The first part of the book traces various models of who or whether Homer was and the movement from oral performance to written form. Young then goes on to explain how the ancients understood Homer. After a discussion of the break in the textual tradition and the medieval conception of Homer, Young turns to the recovery of The Iliad and The Odyssey in the Renaissance and then traces the editions and translations down to the present. In the second part of the book, he offers a comprehensive bibliography of the printed editions and translations of the Homeric texts from 1470 to 2000. While the book is aimed at the nonspecialist, its bibliography makes it an essential resource for the specialist. Highly recommended.-T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786438976
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2008
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Philip H. Young was director of the Krannert Memorial Library at the University of Indianapolis. He lived in Greenwood, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
Pt. I Homer and the Homeric Text
1 Who Was Homer? 9
2 The Creation of the Homeric Text 14
3 The Homeric Text in Classical Antiquity 47
4 The Homeric Text in Medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire 67
5 Homer, Renaissance Humanism, and the Printing Press 77
6 The Homeric Text in the Modern World: Translations and Editions 84
7 Homer, Present and Future 159
Pt. II Printed Editions of the Homeric Texts, 1470 to 2000 C.E.
How to Read the Entries 173
1470 to 1500 176
1501 to 1600 177
1601 to 1700 189
1701 to 1800 197
1801 to 1850 214
1851 to 1900 239
1901 to 1950 287
1951 to 2000 327
Pt. III Appendices
App. A: Comments on the Printings Lists of Part II 389
App. B: Sources Used for Part II 394
App. C Latin City Names and Their Modern Equivalents 396
App. D: Printings Listed by Translator or Author 398
App. E: Printings Listed by Printer or Publisher 419
App. F: Printings Listed by Place Printed 444
App. G First Printings in Vernacular Languages 465
Notes 467
Bibliography of Sources Cited 475
Index 479
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