Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature

Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature

by Barry B. Powell
     
 

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The purpose of this book is to dispel misunderstanding about the genesis of the Homeric poems and other knotty problems in oral studies, such as the meaning of "orality," "literacy," "tradition," "memorization," and "text." The study is about the nature and history of writing--how it was used in the Ancient Near East, and especially in Greece, and its relationship to…  See more details below

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The purpose of this book is to dispel misunderstanding about the genesis of the Homeric poems and other knotty problems in oral studies, such as the meaning of "orality," "literacy," "tradition," "memorization," and "text." The study is about the nature and history of writing--how it was used in the Ancient Near East, and especially in Greece, and its relationship to Homer. It suggests that a Semite invented the Greek alphabet, heir to an ancient bilingual Eastern tradition of recording poetry by dictation.

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"...[an] important and wide-ranging book." The Classical Outlook

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ISBN-13:
9780521782067
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1991 HB 0521371570; 1996 PB 052158907X).

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