Archaeology and Homeric Epic, the latest volume in the Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology series, is out now!
Congratulations to Sue Sherratt and John Bennet, co-editors of this recent volume.
Sheffield Archaeology staff and Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology (SCAA) members Sue Sherratt and John Bennet have edited the recently published volume, Archaeology and Homeric Epic (Oxbow November 2016).
In this volume contributors explore a variety of issues including the relationships between visual and verbal imagery, the social contexts of epic (or sub-epic) creation or re-creation, the roles of bards and their relationships to different types of patrons and audiences, the construction and uses of 'history' as traceable through both epic and archaeology and the relationship between 'prehistoric' (oral) and 'historical' (recorded in writing) periods. Throughout, the emphasis is on context and its relevance to the creation, transmission, re-creation and manipulation of epic in the present (or near-present) as well as in the ancient Greek past.
This volume resulted from an Aegean Round Table conference on the same theme, hosted by the SCAA in Sheffield. The semi-annual Sheffield Aegean Round Tables, funded by a grant from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), are advanced research workshops showcasing new research and promoting constructive debate within the discipline.
Papers from these Round Tables are published in the Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology series, of which Archaeology and Homeric Epic is the 11th and most recent volume. 2016 also saw the publication of another volume, the proceedings of the 2013 Aegean Round Table: Of Odysseys and Oddities: Scales and modes of interaction between prehistoric Aegean societies and their neighbours, edited by Barry Molloy.
The Aegean Round Tables and the Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology series are both organised by the Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology (SCAA), which was founded in 1995 by Professor Keith Branigan, and further enhanced in 2004 by the appointment of John Bennet to Sheffield’s first Chair in Aegean Archaeology. The SCAA’s current constellation of academic staff and postgraduate researchers draws on expertise and specialist facilities in many disciplines – bioarchaeology, the archaeology of material culture and ancient materials, field archaeology, study of ancient texts – and is the largest in any single Archaeology department in the world. SCAA is dedicated to providing an inter-disciplinary environment for research into all aspects of the archaeology of the Aegean.