By Ian Morris, Barry Powell
This quantity is the 1st English-language survey of Homeric experiences to seem for greater than a new release, and the 1st such paintings to aim to hide all fields comprehensively. Thirty best students from Europe and the USA supply brief, authoritative overviews of the kingdom of data and present controversies within the many expert divisions in Homeric reviews. The chapters pay equivalent cognizance to literary, mythological, linguistic, ancient, and archaeological issues, starting from such normal difficulties because the "Homeric Question" to more recent matters just like the relevance of narratology and computer-assisted quantification. the gathering, the 3rd book in Brill's guide sequence, The Classical culture, could be precious at each point of research - from the overall scholar of literature to the Homeric expert looking a basic realizing of the most recent advancements around the entire diversity of Homeric scholarship.
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Burkert (1992) 30. HOMER AND WRITING 29 language supported the logosyllabic writings of Mesopotamia and Egypt, yet remained surprisingly distant from written expression. 48 The West Semitic syllabaries achieved extraordinary simplicity by abandoning the semantic non-phonetic accoutrements that allowed clear communication in logosyllabic systems, but they paid dearly for the gain in simplicity by a corresponding heightened ambiguity. Certainly the sounds of natural language were not encoded in the Phoenician syllabary, which imparted phonetic information only about the consonantal skeleton of natural language.
24 The adapter has made no distinction between long and short vowels, and the choice of five vowel signs is itself arbitrary. By c. C. the need for a long  inspired a diacritical form of omicron, added to the end of the series and later called omega, the only addition ever made to the adapter's original signary, if we do not count such sportive epichoric forms, ignored by the KOlvll, as Ionian sampi ~ = [ss] . ). These sounds were not phonemically distinct from K = [k] before [a], [i], [e] and X = [kh] in the same conditions, and before long <;' = [k] and 'I' = *9hei dropped from the signary or received altered values.
32 Actual Assyrian occupation of the Levantine coast in the 8th century must stand behind the great Phoenician diaspora in the Western Mediterranean at this time,33 and Greeks were caught up in the expanding nexus of international trade in metals, especially, which fed the Assyrian market. In the Aegean, the most conspicuous role at this time was played by Euboians from, probably, the powerful Iron Age community at 32 M. Sznycer, 'L'inscription phenicienne de Tekke, pres de Cnossos;' Kadmos 18 (1979) 89-93.
A New Companion to Homer by Ian Morris, Barry Powell