From Hittite to Homer: The Anatolian Background of Ancient Greek Epic
Cambridge University Press, 10.3.2016
This book provides a groundbreaking reassessment of the prehistory of Homeric epic. It argues that in the Early Iron Age bilingual poets transmitted to the Greeks a set of narrative traditions closely related to the one found at Bronze-Age Hattusa, the Hittite capital. Key drivers for Near Eastern influence on the developing Homeric tradition were the shared practices of supralocal festivals and venerating divinized ancestors, and a shared interest in creating narratives about a legendary past using a few specific storylines: theogonies, genealogies connecting local polities, long-distance travel, destruction of a famous city because it refuses to release captives, and trying to overcome death when confronted with the loss of a dear companion. Professor Bachvarova concludes by providing a fresh explanation of the origins and significance of the Greco-Anatolian legend of Troy, thereby offering a new solution to the long-debated question of the historicity of the Trojan War.
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Bilingual Anatolian epic poets 426
A proTrojan Iliad 432
a Milesian setting? 438
the death of Sarpedon 445
Iron Age 301
The history of the Homeric tradition 395
List of Hittite texts by CTH number 637
Concordance of tablets from Ugarit 649
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Akkadian Aleppo Anatolia ancestor veneration Apollo Archi argues assembly Assyrian Atrahasis Bachvarova in López-Ruiz Beckman Burkert Chapter Cilicia connected cult cultural Cyprus dead discussion earlier references Early Iron Age Eastern Ebla elite Enkidu Enlil Epic of Gilgamesh episode evidence festival Former Gods fragment goddess Greece Greek epic Haas Hattusa Hattusili hero Hesiod Hittite Hittite king Hittite version Hoffner Homeric Hurrian Hurrian version Hurro-Hittite narrative song Hurro-Hittite song Huwawa Ikinkalis Iliad Illuyanka incantations Iron Age Ishhara J. G. Westenholz 1997 kingship Kumarbi Late Bronze Age Luwian M. L. West Meki mentioned Mesopotamian Middle Hittite motifs Mycenaean myth Naram-Sin north Syria Odyssey offerings oral tradition parallels performed pit rituals Rieken Sargon Sargonic legend scene scribes Singer Song of Birth Song of Gilgamesh Song of Release Standard Babylonian Storm-god story storylines suggests Sumerian Sun-god tablet Tarhun Teshshub trans translit Troy Ugarit underworld Utnapishtim Wegner Zeus