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Homeric Question
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1. Friedrich August Wolf

The Homeric Question was a scholarly controversy over the authorship (and date) of the epics that have survived under the name Homer. In 1795, at the peak of Weimar Classicism (Classics, European), the cult of genius, and the veneration of great works, in his Prolegomena ad Homerum (“Preliminary Remarks on Homer”) the Halle philologist F.A. Wolf undertook to demonstrate that this author never existed in the sense of the oft-invoked “original genius.” The Iliad and Odyssee, he arg…

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Ramonat, Oliver, “Homeric Question”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021087>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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