Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Homer
(7,329 words)

A. Historical dimension

(Ὅμηρος/Hómēros; Latin Homerus)

A. Historical dimension

The earliest poet in world literature to be known by name, and canonical to this day, is on the one hand, as the creator of the Iliad and Odyssey, one of the most permanently important and still most widely-read and received authorsOn the other hand, as a historical figure he is obscure and even from the very earliest times was cloaked in the mists of legend. The discussions that arose from an early date, an…

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Hölter, Achim, “Homer”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_COM_004649>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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