Author(s): Paola Bassino
This guide 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 a contemporary development 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 option 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 selection of fragmentary witnesses on papyrus. It additionally items new textual proof demonstrating the good fortune and stream of the textual content within the Renaissance, and a brand new essential version with translation. The statement makes a speciality of 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 position of Alcidamas as a supply for the Certamen and identifies different sophistic influences.