Lives of Homer

The Lives of Homer as Aetiologies for Homeric Poetry

"My describing the Lives of Homer as aetiologies converges with the general direction of my argumentation, which is, to show that the narratives of these Lives are myths, not historical facts, about Homer. To say that we are dealing with myths, however, is not at all to say that there is no history to be learned from the Lives. Even though the various Homers of the various Lives are evidently… Read more

Connections: Poets, Performance, and Reception

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." 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. Read more