Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A conversation with Stanford professor of Classics Richard Martin on Homer and his two great epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

 

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Richard Martin is Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1981 and has also taught at Harvard, Princeton, and Berkeley. Among his publications are the books "Healing, Sacrifice, and Battle: Amechania  and Related Concepts in Early Greek Poetry" (1983), "The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad" (1993), an anthology he edited entitled "Myths of the Ancient Greeks" (2003), and an edition of "The Odyssey" (2004) for which he wrote the introduction and supplied the critical apparatus. He has also published many essays on topics such as Thucydides, Hesiod, Aristophanes, Homer, Horace, Greek religion, musical performance and performance culture in ancient Greece, and is currently working on book-length projects on Homeric religion, ancient competitive performance, and Greek lyric and wisdom traditions. Most recently he has edited a new edition of Richmond Lattimore's translation of Homer's Iliad, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011.