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William Duffy is Faculty Fellow in Faculty Development at St. Philip's College. His work on the reception of heroic myth in the ancient and modern world has appeared in Acta Classica, Classical Philology, Classical World, Oral Tradition, and The International Journal of Comic Art. His co-edited volume, Ancient Women in Modern Media, is available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. wduffy@alamo.edu

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04/03/2017William Duffy
Milman Parry’s theory that the Homeric poems are the result of oral-formulaic composition, is central to the study of ancient epic. It can also be difficult to explain to students or non-Classicist friends, since the Iliad and Odyssey are now consumed primarily as books, not oral poems. Most oral traditions are at the tail end of their existence and most members of contemporary, literate societies have little experience with them. There is little to be done about the first of these issues, but we can address the second. While we may not have access to a significant body of oral composition...

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