Homer and the Good Ruler in Antiquity and Beyond


Homer and the Good Ruler in Antiquity and Beyond focuses on the important question of how and why later authors employ Homeric poetry to reflect on various types and aspects of leadership. In a range of essays discussing generically diverse receptions of the epics of Homer in historically diverse contexts, this question is answered in various ways. Rather than considering Homer’s works as literary products, then, this volume discusses the pedagogic dimension of the Iliad and the Odyssey as perceived by later thinkers and writers interested in the parameters of good rule, such as Plato, Philodemus, Polybius, Vergil, and Eustathios.

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Jacqueline J.H. Klooster, Ph.D. (2009) University of Amsterdam, is assistant professor of Greek Language and Literature at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. She has published widely on ancient literature, including Poetry as Window and Mirror. Positioning the Poet in Hellenistic Poetry (Brill, 2011).

Baukje van den Berg, Ph.D. (2016) University of Amsterdam, is a postdoctoral researcher in Byzantine Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Her main research interests are Byzantine (classical) scholarship and the reception of ancient literature in Byzantium.

Contributors are: Baukje van den Berg, Elsa Bouchard, William Desmond, David F. Driscoll, Jeffrey Fish, Maria Gerolemou, Irene J.F. de Jong, Casper C. de Jonge, Jacqueline J.H. Klooster, Patrick G. Lake, Laura McKenzie, Filippomaria Pontani, Elina Pyy.
"This fine collection of papers examines the Homeric poems as Mirrors for Princes. Although other works have studied pedagogical aspects of the Homeric poems, there has been no full-scale examination of Homer as an educator for rulers. The present study presents many facets of the topic, ranging from Homer's original pedagogical intent, to classical, medieval and modern views of Homer as a guide for those in positions of authority.(...) Moving from the Homeric to the modern period, this book offers a broad look at Homer's influence on educating the ruler and on pedagogy in general. (...) each chapter makes a worthy contribution to the topic, and the book opens many further avenues for study." Scott Goins, CJ-Online 2019.09.06.
Notes on Contributors
Homer and the Good Ruler in Antiquity and Beyond: IntroductionJacqueline Klooster and Baukje van den Berg
The Birth of the Princes’ Mirror in the Homeric EpicsIrene J.F. de Jong
Between Gods and Mortals: The Piety of Homeric KingsWill Desmond
A Speaker of Words and Doer of Deeds: The Reception of Phoenix’ Educational IdealJacqueline Klooster
Plato’s Homer as a Guide for Moderation and ObediencePatrick G. Lake
The Problem with the Prince: Agamemnon in the Ancient Exegetical Tradition on HomerElsa Bouchard
Educating Kings through Travel: The Wanderings of Odysseus as a Mental Model in Polybius’ HistoriesMaria Gerolemou
Some Critical Themes in Philodemus’ On the Good King According to HomerJeffrey Fish
Eumaeus, Evander, and Augustus: Dionysius and Virgil on Noble SimplicityCasper C. de Jonge
Speaking Homer to Power: Anecdotes of Greek Intellectuals and Their Rulers in Plutarch’s SymposiaDavid F. Driscoll
Homeric Ideals Versus Roman Realities? Civil War, Autocracy, and the Reception of Homer in Silius Italicus’ PunicaElina Pyy
Homer and the Good Ruler in the ‘Age of Rhetoric’: Eustathios of Thessalonike on Excellent OratoryBaukje van den Berg
On the Good King According to Homer: A Sixteenth-Century Treatise by Christophoros KondoleonFilippomaria Pontani
‘Royal Blood Will Stain My Spear’: Satire, Trauma, and Semi-barbarous Princelings in Robert Graves’ The Anger of AchillesLaura McKenzie
Index Locorum General Index
All interested in the pedagogical dimension of Homeric epic and its reception, and anyone concerned with ancient Kingship Literature and reflections on leadership.
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