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Homer and Classical Philology

Inaugural Address delivered at Bâle University, 28th of May 1869

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Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,660 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 40.3
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 3,742
Added to site: 2006.04.18
mnybks.net#: 13311
Genre: Philosophy

Edited by Oscar Levy. Translated by J.M. Kennedy

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yond Herodotus there lies a period in which an immense flood of great epics has been identified with the name of Homer.

Let us imagine ourselves as living in the time of Pisistratus: the word "Homer" then comprehended an abundance of dissimilarities. What was meant by "Homer" at that time? It is evident that that generation found itself unable to grasp a personality and the limits of its manifestations. Homer had now become of small consequence. And then we meet with the weighty question: What lies before this period? Has Homer's personality, because it cannot be grasped, gradually faded away into an empty name? Or had all the Homeric poems been gathered together in a body, the nation naively representing itself by the figure of Homer? _Was the person created out of a conception, or the conception out of a person?_ This is the real "Homeric question," the central problem of the personality.

The difficulty of answering this question, however, is increased when we seek a reply in another direction

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