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By Ian Morris, Barry Powell

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This quantity is the 1st English-language survey of Homeric stories to seem for greater than a iteration, and the 1st such paintings to try to hide all fields comprehensively. Thirty best students from Europe and the USA offer brief, authoritative overviews of the country of data and present controversies within the many expert divisions in Homeric reviews. The chapters pay equivalent cognizance to literary, mythological, linguistic, historic, and archaeological issues, starting from such original difficulties because the "Homeric Question" to more recent matters just like the relevance of narratology and computer-assisted quantification. the gathering, the 3rd ebook in Brill's instruction manual sequence, The Classical culture, may be important at each point of research - from the overall scholar of literature to the Homeric expert looking a basic knowing of the newest advancements around the entire variety of Homeric scholarship.

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Whoever drinks this cup, straightway the desire of beautiful-crowned Aphrodite will seize. The first line is probably prose, the second and third are hexameters, and the inscription appears to record a symposiastic skolion, where diners must 'cap' the line of a competing symposiast. The leader of the party begins with a joke that the Rhodian skyphos was the famous cup of Nestor (It. 632- 637). ' A third diner informs us para prosdokian that the punishment will be a pleasant sexual experience! 41 40 See Powell (1991) 119-86 for early inscriptions in general.

These sounds were not phonemically distinct from K = [k] before [a], [i], [e] and X = [kh] in the same conditions, and before long <;' = [k] and 'I' = *9hei dropped from the signary or received altered values. 22 The parallel is little known: see now J. De Hoz, 'The Phoenician Origin of the Early Hispanic Scripts,' in Baurain et al. (1991) 667- 82. 23 Except for Cretan: but the adapter is no Cretan. 24 Long thought to be a later accretion, the supplementals must belong to the initial system: see Powell (1987).

F. Bass and C. ]. Wiseman, 'Assyrian Writing Boards,' Iraq 17 (1955) 1- 13; R. Payton, 'The VIu Burun Writing-Board Set,' Anatolian Studies 61 (1991) 99-106. 46 Best known is Berlin, Staadiche Museen F2285. 47 Cf. Burkert (1992) 30. HOMER AND WRITING 29 language supported the logosyllabic writings of Mesopotamia and Egypt, yet remained surprisingly distant from written expression. 48 The West Semitic syllabaries achieved extraordinary simplicity by abandoning the semantic non-phonetic accoutrements that allowed clear communication in logosyllabic systems, but they paid dearly for the gain in simplicity by a corresponding heightened ambiguity.

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