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Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition

Haywood, Jan and Mac Sweeney, Naoise (2018). Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition. Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming).

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Abstract

In this new volume, Jan Haywood and Naoíse Mac Sweeney investigate the position of Homer's Iliad within the wider Trojan War tradition through a series of detailed case studies. From ancient Mesopotamia to twenty-first century America, these examples are drawn from a range of historical and cultural contexts; and from Athenian pot paintings to twelfth-century German scholarship, they engage with a range of different media and genres.

Inspired by the dialogues inherent in the process of reception, the book adopts a dialogic structure. In each chapter, paired essays by Haywood and Mac Sweeney offer contrasting authorial voices addressing a single theme, thereby drawing out connections and dissonances between a diverse suite of classical and post-classical Iliadic receptions.

The resulting book offers new insights, both into individual instances of Iliadic reception in particular historical contexts, but also into the workings of a complex story tradition. The centrality of the Iliad within the wider Trojan War tradition is shown to be a function of conscious engagement not only with Iliadic content, but also with Iliadic status and the iconic idea of the Homeric.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISBN: 1-350-01268-8, 978-1-350-01268-4
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 50487
Depositing User: Jan Haywood
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 08:19
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 08:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50487
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