- May 2021
An overview of Milman Parry's life, work, and some of his impact on Homeric studies and orality as media.
In fewer than seven years he had pub lished the papers that now fill nearly 500 pages of “The Mak ing of Homeric Verse.” The volume is a tribute to an intel lectual pioneer.
Put The Making of Homeric Verse by Milman Parry on my list to read.
On the second odyssey, he was accompanied by Albert Lord, who ultimately wrote “The Singer of Tales,” drawing the conclusions Parry did not live long enough to reach.
How poetic that he uses the title "Odyssey" of one of Homer's works to describe Parry's travels.
- Adam Parry
- Erich Segal
- Albert Lord
- E. A. Havelock
- The Song of Roland
- Marshall McLuhan
- Milman Parry
- Dec 2019
The Iliad is an epic poem attributed to Homer; its action is set earlier than the plot of Homer's The Odyssey and takes place in the last year of the Trojan War.
- Sep 2013
Indeed, who can fail to abhor, yes to contemn, those teachers, in the first place, who devote themselves to disputation,(2) since they pretend to search for truth, but straightway at the beginning of their professions attempt to deceive us with lies?(3) For I think it is manifest to all that foreknowledge of future events is not vouchsafed to our human nature, but that we are so far removed from this prescience(4) that Homer, who has been conceded the highest reputation for wisdom, has pictured even the gods as at times debating among themselves about the future(5) --not that he knew their minds but that he desired to show us that for mankind this power lies in the realms of the impossible.
I think this is saying that teachers who debate or discuss are regarded with disgust because while they act like they are searching for truth the are really deceiving because no one can predict the future.
Homer's texts were used as educational material at the time and was considered a reliable source of information. The gods could not predict the future and there was the Fates.