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Have We Homer's Iliad (Again)
by Prof. Steve Reece, Saint Olaf College
Original text © 2000 Steve Reece. All rights reserved.


Prefatory Remarks

In the very fertile field of Homeric Studies there were published in this, the last year of the 20th century, more than a dozen new dissertations, two dozen new scholarly books and monographs, and over 250 new articles and reviews in scholarly journals -- for a total of almost 10,000 pages of text. From the last decade of the 20th century I have collected 2,200 titles of new books, monographs, and journal articles -- a total of over 60,000 pages of text. I estimate that in the last century around a half-million new pages of scholarly text were printed (that's about 460 pages for each page of Homeric text). And this has gone on year after year for at least the last two centuries, and, though sometimes with somewhat less enthusiasm, for twenty-four centuries before that.

There is a very present danger that we as Homeric scholars will fail to keep up with all the new discoveries and insights in our field as a whole. This is inevitable, and we recognize it. Some new and even important discoveries in the field will pass many of us by.

But there is another danger, I think, more sinister than this one: that the inundation of new material will cause us to drift away from those moorings established by the toilsome research of our predecessors; i.e., that we will forget what we have already so painstakingly learned. I propose to offer to you today, not something very new or particularly insightful, not something more to add to the mass of material that you must master, but simply a gentle reminder of something that I think we once knew, or at least thought we knew.

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