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Richard Martin to deliver 28th annual Runciman Lecture

Jan 17 2019

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Professor Richard Martin will deliver the 28th annual Runciman Lecture at King's College London. 

"Contexts for the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey have been debated vigorously, at times acrimoniously, since antiquity. The oral-traditional nature of Homeric verse, as explored by Milman Parry, Albert Lord, and others over the last century, has answered some long-standing questions while giving rise to many others. This talk looks to song traditions of modern Greece, especially Crete, for insights regarding the crafting, transmission, and reception of heroic epics in a changing world." 

The talk, titled "‘Poor the house on Homer’s shores’ - Ancient epic and modern Greek song," will take place on February 7th. For more information, please visit