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College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA 01610-2395)
Mary Ebbott (Project Director: November 2006 to August 2009)

Collaborative Research
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$80,000 (approved)
$80,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 12/31/2008

Oral Poetics and the Homeric Doloneia

Creation of essays, a critical text, and detailed commentary on the Doloneia, Book 10 of the Homeric epic the Iliad, through the use of epic oral tradition. (18 months)

Our project seeks to correct a major imbalance in Homeric studies, namely the absence of a scholarly commentary that embraces and applies the past 80 years of scholarship into the oral traditional background of the Iliad and Odyssey. Our planned volume focuses on the so-called Doloneia, the tenth book of the Iliad, and will put a spotlight on this most doubted, ignored, even scorned book of the epic. In doing so, we will demonstrate how approaching the poem as an oral traditional epic can answer questions that are particularly vexing when using a strictly literary approach. The volume we propose will consist of (1) a series of introductory essays that addresses central questions in Homeric scholarship and how they apply to Iliad 10 in particular; (2) a critical text, with a full apparatus; and (3) a detailed commentary, which will explicate the language of this book and situate it within the poetics of the oral tradition in which the Iliad and Odyssey were composed.