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Homeric Question
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A. Definition and relevance

The Homeric Question is: were the two Ancient Greek epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, composed by a single poet or were they outcomes of a process of heterogeneous textual genesis? Or, to put it another way: did Homer exist as the first ancient poet whose name is recorded or is this a mythological construct? The origins and hence the identity of Homer the poet were already controversial in Antiquity. Seven cities vied to be considered his birthp…

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Matuschek, Stefan, “Homeric Question”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 12 : The Reception of Antiquity in the Age of Enlightenment, English edition by Christina C. Harker; Translated by Duncan A. Smart (2021). Original German-language edition: Das 18. Jahrhundert: Lexikon zur Antikerezeption in Aufklärung und Klassizismus. Herausgegeben von Joachim Jacob und Johannes Süßmann. Serie: Der Neue Pauly – Supplemente, 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester, Jörg Rüpke und Helmuth Schneider, Band 13. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2018). Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps12_COM_218673>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20200914



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