Homer – The Myth of Troy in Poetry and Art

Published by Hirmer, Munich 2008


This catalogue accompanies the exhibition ‘Homer‘ shown at Antikenmuseum and Sammlung Ludwig Basel, Switzerland, from March 16, 2008 to August 17, 2008 and at Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany, from September 14, 2008 to January 18, 2009.


Drawing on the latest trends in Homer research ‘Homer – The Myth of Troy in Poetry and Art’ is presented in six sections: (1) Homer in his time; (2) Homer’s works as the culmination of a long tradition of oral poetry; (3) the great epics “Iliad” and “Odyssey” and (4, 5, 6) the popularity of these works over the centuries. This comprehensive catalogue provides a wide selection of illustrations to give an overview of original works of art from antiquity, through the ages up to the present day,  leading to powerful insights into Homer, which, in their combination of intellectual and aesthetic persuasiveness, may serve as a firm foundation for further encounters with this great poet.

The illustrations are accompanied by scholarly essays from recognised experts, discussing and contributing to recent research on Homer.


Editors: Prof. Dr. Joachim Latacz, Prof. Dr. Peter Blome, Prof. Dr. Alfred Wieczorek


Contributing authors: Anton Bierl, Andrea Bignasca, Peter Blome, Carolina Cupane, Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene J.F. de Jong, Hellmut FlasharMartin Guggisberg, Stefan Hagel Peter Jablonka, Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer,  Joachim Latacz, Franco Montanari, Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier Karl Reber, Arbogast Schmitt, Ernst-Richard Schwinge, Bernd Seidensticker, Erika SimonElla van der Meijden Zanoni, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Hase, Martin L. West, Stephanie West, Martin M. Winkler



German edition (only): 540 pages, hardcover, ISBN 3-7774-3965-7

Originaltitel: Homer – Der Mythos von Troja in Dichtung und Kunst