Posted: June 1st, 2015
The Epic and Orality: The oldest extant copy of Homer’s Iliad is from the 10th century CE, but there are recorded mentions of the poem as early as about the 5th century BCE. 20th century scholars have theorized that for much of its existence, the poem may well have been an oral work, not a written one. How might experiencing it as a sung or recited performance change our perception of the work?
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