Literary Medieval Criticism

From Hittite to Homer: The Anatolian Background of Ancient by Mary R. Bachvarova

By Mary R. Bachvarova

This ebook presents a groundbreaking reassessment of the prehistory of Homeric epic. It argues that during the Early Iron Age bilingual poets transmitted to the Greeks a suite of narrative traditions heavily regarding the single stumbled on at Bronze-Age Hattusa, the Hittite capital. Key drivers for close to jap impact at the constructing Homeric culture have been the shared practices of supralocal gala's and venerating divinized ancestors, and a shared curiosity in developing narratives a few mythical previous utilizing a number of particular storylines: theogonies, genealogies connecting neighborhood polities, long-distance commute, destruction of a well-known urban since it refuses to unencumber captives, and attempting to triumph over dying whilst faced with the lack of an expensive spouse. Professor Bachvarova concludes through offering a clean clarification of the origins and importance of the Greco-Anatolian legend of Troy, thereby providing a brand new method to the long-debated query of the historicity of the Trojan War.

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