Orality and Literacy revisited

The rhetoric of national literature in the shaping of the lives of poets

2015.12.18 | By Gregory Nagy The combined research of Nagy and Davidson on ancient “Life of Homer” and medieval “Life of Ferdowsi” narratives respectively has shown that the traditional “biographies” about these two poets, as transmitted by a vast variety of communities, can be studied as sources of historical information about the reception of Homer and Ferdowsi. Even though the stories about these poets’ lives are myths, the actual uses… Read more

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