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Epic as History Book: Newman’s Archaizing Translation of the Iliad

yoon sun kyoung 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article examines how Newman rewrites the Homeric original as a historical text through the practice of archaism, influenced by his time’s fascination with history. In his translation Newman approaches and reconstructs Homer’s Iliad as a history book. He intends to represent Homer’s antiquity as an ancient poet’s belonging to a barbarian age. For that purpose, he practices archaism by employing archaic words and invented words; he refuses to satisfy modern tastes. Hence, Homer’s epic is reborn as an informative historical source that provides its readership with Homer’s antiquity and historical facts about the ancient world.

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