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Introduction: Equating Hesiod And Homer

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The first part of this book investigates what caused the Greeks to picture Hesiod and Homer together, what their purposes were in doing so, and in what specific respects the two poets were imagined to be comparable. The first section of this chapter sets out the theoretical background against which the first part should be understood - in its barest essence, the theory of historical assimilation and differentiation derived from cultural memory studies but applied in a radically different way. The second section turns the attention to modern scholarship and gives a short overview of how scholars from the beginning of the twentieth century onwards have understood the relationship between Hesiod and Homer. The final section takes a preliminary look at the ancient coupling of Hesiod and Homer. 'Lumping' practices seem to indicate that Hesiod and Homer were generally believed to be contemporary.

Keywords: Hesiod; Homer; lumping practices



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