HOMER IS DEAD
Yes, and in my time I have dealt with better men than
you are, and never once did they disregard me. Never
yet have I seen nor shall see again such men as these were …
… These were the strongest generation of earth-born mortals,
the strongest, and they fought against the strongest, the beast men
living within the mountains, and terribly they destroyed them.
I was of the company of these men, coming from Pylos,
a long way from a distant land, since they had summoned me.
And I fought single-handed, yet against such men no one
of the mortals now alive upon earth could do battle.
(Nestor to Achilles and Agamemnon)
In the single year 1992, Classicists published and reviewed 16,168 articles, monographs, and books about the Greeks and Romans.1 The work of over 10,000 individual scholars appeared in nearly 1,000 different journals. We are a busy profession in our eleventh hour. Researchers on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey alone produced more than 200 publications in nine modern languages, not including the scores of