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    Vassar College
  Nov 23, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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MEDS 289 - Homer’s Odyssey: From Oral Composition to Digital Editions

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as GRST 289 ) In this course we consider the long history of Homer’s epic poem from its beginning as an oral composition in Archaic Greece to its current manifestations in digital editions. Along the way we look at papyrii, medieval manuscripts, early print editions, examples of fine printing and contemporary versions.  As we consider the history of the poem we also study the poem itself and explore the ways that its meaning has also been transformed through time. Among the issues we consider are orality and oral cultures, the advent of writing, the development of the text and the influence of technology. We examine materials in Greek, Latin, and English though no knowledge of the ancient languages is required. The Archives and Special Collections Library, with its rich collection of primary sources, will serve as our laboratory. Rachel Friedman and Ronald Patkus.

Two 75-minute periods.

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