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The Homeric poems as oral dictated texts

Janko, R; (1998) The Homeric poems as oral dictated texts. Classical Quarterly , 48 (1) 1 - 13. 10.1093/cq/48.1.1. Green open access

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The more I understand the Southslavic poetry and the nature of the unity of the oral poem, the clearer it seems to me that the Iliad and the Odyssey are very exactly, as we have them, each one of them the rounded and finished work of a single singer…. I even figure to myself, just now, the moment when the author of the Odyssey sat and dictated his song, while another, with writing materials, wrote it down verse by verse, even in the way that our singers sit in the immobility of their thought, watching the motion of Nikola's hand across the empty page, when it will tell them it is the instant for them to speak the next verse.

Type: Article
Title: The Homeric poems as oral dictated texts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/cq/48.1.1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cq/48.1.1
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/173855
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