Classical Inquiries has published a set of videos and texts featuring the work of Gregory Nagy and Olga M. Davidson on myths relating to the “Lives of Homer” and the “Life of Ferdowsi.” These papers and videos were originally part of an international conference held at Baku, 27–28 November 2015.
Together, Nagy and Davidson argue that “the traditional ‘biographies’ about these two poets, as transmitted by a vast variety of communities, can be studied as sources of historical information about the reception of Homer and Ferdxowsi.”
We are happy to share a curated selection of passages and resources designed to help readers make new connections while exploring this topic in greater detail.
Homer the Hostage
Excerpt from Chapter 9 of Homer the Preclassic target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”, “Further variations on a theme of Homer,” by Gregory Nagy
Homer the Performer
Excerpt from Chapter 2 from Homer the Preclassic target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”, “Homer outside his poetry,” by Gregory Nagy
Homer of Chios
Excerpt from Chapter 3 from Homer the Preclassic, “Homer and his genealogy”
More On Poets, Performers & Instruments
Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings, by Olga M. Davidson
“Singers: Performance and Training,” Chapter 2 of The Singer of Tales, by Albert Lord
Kinyras: The Divine Lyre, by John C. Franklin
The Culture of Kitharôidia, by Timothy Power