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Homer

Modern plaster replica of a late Hellenistic work of ca. 100 BCE. One of several totally imaginative portraits of the blind poet, supposedly from the islad of Chios, who presumably lived and worked in the late 8th century BCE. Homer was said to have composed the Iliad and the Odyssey orally and then to have written them down with the advent of writing. In fact, Homer was in a line of bards in a tradition of oral recitation that stretched from the Mycenaean era of the 13th/12th centuries BCE into the 7th century BCE. One well-preserved Roman copy of this version of the Homer portrait is in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

 

 

 


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Modern plaster replica (given to the Wilcox by the KU Department of French and Italian) at a about 1/2 scale of a Greek original of ca. 190 BCE (original is just over 8 ft tall). According to the small metal oval in the back, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885.

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