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Homer in Early Modern Europe

from Part III - Homer in the World

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2020

Corinne Ondine Pache
Affiliation:
Trinity University, San Antonio
Casey Dué
Affiliation:
University of Houston
Susan Lupack
Affiliation:
Macquarie University, Sydney
Robert Lamberton
Affiliation:
Washington University, St Louis
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F. A. Wolf’s groundbreaking vision of the Homeric poems as a succession of ancient literary cultures was prepared not only by Enlightenment aesthetic debates and the historical study of the Old Testament. This essay explores seventeenth- and eighteenth-century scholars who already saw Homer largely in terms of his ancient readers and enthusiasts, including the cult of Homer in art, and who might or might not distinguish this study sharply from textual criticism.

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Print publication year: 2020

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