Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1990


Few will doubt that tracing Homer (and Homeric epos) on subsequent classical authors, in all its varied manifestations, has proved to be an enlightening critical enterprise. Indeed, it has become nearly impossible to consider the poetry of the so-called archaic lyric period without acknowledging at some level its relation to Homer and the epic tradition. It is a pity, therefore, that in this respect, as in so many others, Hipponax has been largely neglected except by those with specialized interests in the early Greek iambus, for Hipponax was clearly intrigued, as the fragments demonstrate, by the potential - particularly the comic potential - that Homeric style and narrative held for his own idiosyncratic poetry.


Published in Eikasmos, Volume 1, Issue 1, 1990, pages 11-25. The author has asserted his right to include this material in ScholarlyCommons@Penn.



Date Posted: 25 September 2006