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 (1). London: Bloomsbury.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350012714.ch-001

URL: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/homers-iliad-and-the...

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.

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