By Susan Sherratt, John Bennet
The connection among the Homeric epics and archaeology has lengthy suffered combined fortunes, swinging among 'fundamentalist' makes an attempt to take advantage of archaeology with a view to show the basic historicity of the epics and their heritage, and outright rejection of the concept archaeology is able to contributing something in any respect to our knowing and appreciation of the epics. Archaeology and the Homeric Epic concentrates much less on historicity in favour of exploring a number of different, maybe occasionally extra indirect, ways that we will use a multi-disciplinary procedure – archaeology, philology, anthropology and social heritage – to assist supply insights into the epics, the contexts in their potentially lengthy construction, facets in their 'prehistory', and what they might have stood for at a number of instances of their lengthy oral and written background. the results of the Homeric epics at the heritage and renowned reception of archaeology, specifically within the specific context of contemporary Germany, can also be a subject that's explored the following. participants discover various concerns together with the relationships among visible and verbal imagery, the social contexts of epic (or sub-epic) production or new edition, the jobs of bards and their relationships to types of consumers and audiences, the development and makes use of of 'history' as traceable via either epic and archaeology and the connection among 'prehistoric' (oral) and 'historical' (recorded in writing) sessions. all through, the emphasis is on context and its relevance to the construction, transmission, new edition and manipulation of epic within the current (or near-present) in addition to within the historic Greek previous.
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Indb 25 11/30/2016 5:08:43 PM Johannes Haubold 26 2002: 14, 70). And yet, his work raises some issues that can be usefully compared to those already discussed. Korfmann himself repeatedly claimed that he had excavated the ‘real’ Troy as opposed to the dream of generations of Philhellenes. As he explains in the introduction to the exhibition catalogue of Troia – Traum und Wirklichkeit, archaeology is the science that produces historical reality: Without doubt there existed from the beginning fantastic ideas (sc.
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There is an obvious tension between the notion of assemblies that take decisions and kings who may take advice, but give orders. 267–68). This is, frankly, unbelievable in any real monarchy. indb 16 11/30/2016 5:08:43 PM 2. The Will to Believe: Why Homer Cannot be ‘True’ in any Meaningful Sense 17 It is not surprising that kingship was not really understood, for despite the various stories suggesting the existence of kings in Early Iron Age times, not to mention the reality of the two royal lines in Sparta, archaeology has been remarkably unhelpful in oﬀering us any evidence that might seem to represent such kings, with the sole exception of the male burial in the Lefkandi Heroön.
Archaeology and the Homeric Epic by Susan Sherratt, John Bennet