Dr Bruno Currie Publishes New Book

  • Homer's Allusive Art
26 October, 2016

Dr Bruno Currie, Fellow and Tutor in Classics, has published a new book with Oxford University Press.

The book, Homer's Allusive Art, explores the following questions: what kind of allusion is possible in a poetry derived from a centuries-long oral tradition, and what kind of oral-derived poetry are the Homeric epics? 

Moving beyond the usual comparisons with South Slavic oral poetry, Homer’s Allusive Art argues for a new understanding of Homeric allusion and its place in literary history through a series of interlocking case studies, exploring whether there can have been historical continuity in a poetics of allusion stretching from the Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh, via the Iliad and Odyssey, to the Aeneid and Metamorphoses, despite enormous disparities of time and place and of language and culture.

Bruno’s previous publications include Pindar and the Cult of Heroes (2005) and Epic Interactions. Perspectives on Homer, Virgil, and the Epic Tradition Presented to Jasper Griffin by Former Pupils (2006, co-editor).