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Disconnection: Desire, Love, and Endings
Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis
This work centers on the figure of Briseis in the Iliad, a seemingly marginal character who turns out to be essential to the plot of the epic and to the character-definition of its central hero, Achilles. The author also explores Briseis as a central character in local epic traditions that are reflected, albeit indirectly, in Homeric poetry. Thus, Briseis becomes a most vivid illustration of the multiformity that typifies epic traditions in the preclassical Greek-speaking world.
A key to Dué’s discovery procedure is her form-analysis of direct “quotations” or indirect retellings of women's laments and love songs in Homeric poetry. She proves that the morphology of these traditional genres is integrated into the overall morphology of the epic genre that displays them through such characters as Briseis. Such analysis is particularly valuable for understanding the Iliadic passage where Briseis is “quoted” as lamenting the death of Patroklos. Dué’s treatment of this passage is a tour de force in literary interpretation. Her formal analysis comes together decisively to illuminate the beauty and precision inherent in the system that we call Homeric poetry.
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Hellenic Studies Series 63 | March 2014
Poetry as Initiation: The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus
Ioanna Papadopoulou and Leonard Muellner, eds.
The Derveni Papyrus is the oldest known European “book.” It was meant to accompany the cremated body in Derveni Tomb A but, by a stroke of luck, did not burn completely. Considered the most important discovery for Greek philology in the twentieth century, the papyrus was found accidentally in 1962 during a public works project in an uninhabited place about 10 km from Thessaloniki, and it is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
The papers in Poetry as Initiation discuss a number of open questions: Who was the author of the papyrus? What is the date of the text? What is the significance of burying a book with a corpse? What was the context of the peculiar chthonic ritual described in the text? Who were its performers? What is the relationship of the author and the ritual to the so-called Orphic texts?
The Homer Multitext project, the first of its kind in Homeric studies, presents the textual transmission of the Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. It offers free access to a library of texts and images, a machine-interface to that library and its indices, and tools to allow readers to discover and engage with the Homeric tradition.
The HMT team has always provided open access to their source images and editorial work. Now they are offering packaged archives available for download as zip files. They are also distributing their published issues as nexus artifacts. Visit the HMT blog for Neel Smith's announcement about these important changes.
Image: The Death of Dido. From the Vergilius Vaticanus (Vatican Library, Cod. Vat. lat. 3225)., c. 400.
By: Meister des Vergilius Vaticanus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons