Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature

  • Publish Date: 2007-04-16
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Barry B. Powell
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The purpose of this book is to dispel misunderstanding about the genesis of the Homeric poems and other knotty problems in oral studies, such as the meaning of orality, literacy, tradition, memorization, and text. The study is about the nature and history of writing--how it was used in the Ancient Near East, and especially in Greece, and its relationship to Homer. It suggests that a Semite invented the Greek alphabet, heir to an ancient bilingual Eastern tradition of recording poetry by dictation.