Author(s): Paola Bassino
This e-book supplies a complete learn about of the Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi, an influential historical Greek textual content that narrates the lives of Homer and Hesiod and their mythical poetic contest. It gives new views at the nature, makes use of, and legacy of the textual content and its story of literary pageant. Located inside of a contemporary pattern in scholarship that treats historical biographies as modes of literary reception, the primary bankruptcy discusses how, for authors right through antiquity and past, staging an imaginary pageant between Homer and Hesiod was once an adaptable and versatile technique to put across a various vary of speculations on epic poetry. The learn about of the manuscript custom reassesses the relationships between the textual content of the Certamen preserved in its entirety in a single unmarried manuscript, and a small collection of fragmentary witnesses on papyrus. It additionally gifts new textual proof demonstrating the luck and movement of the textual content within the Renaissance, and a brand new important version with translation. The observation specializes in how the textual content characterises the 2 poets and encourages mirrored image on their respective knowledge, aesthetic and moral values, divine inspiration, and Panhellenic attraction. It additionally addresses the function of Alcidamas as a supply for the Certamen and identifies different sophistic influences.