Abstract

summary:

This article analyzes the construction of “Herodotus” in the Pseudo-Herodotean Life of Homer, furthering recent work on ancient reception and authorial lives. Rather than focusing on the historical authenticity of the text’s content, I instead analyze narrative features that figure the text as Herodotean, and I explore the interpretive consequences of its Herodotean pose. I suggest that the biographer played to a learned audience by exploiting comparisons drawn in antiquity between Homer and Herodotus. I also propose that Pseudo-Herodotus adopted a problematic narratorial mode well-suited to the problems of the Homeric biographic tradition.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 299-329
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-23
Open Access
No
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