Egbert J. Bakker, 2019–2020

Commentary on Odyssey Book 9; Interformularity: A New Perspective on Homeric Repetition

Resident Associate, 2019-20

Alvan Talcott Professor of Classics, Yale University

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Egbert Bakker

Egbert Bakker (PhD 1988, Leiden University, The Netherlands) has taught at Yale since 2004. Before then he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada. He works on Ancient Greek language and literature, especially where literary interpretation can be combined with (or achieved by means of) linguistics. His chief focus of interest has been the language and literary interpretation of Homer, but he has also worked on Greek historiography (Herodotus and Thucydides), early Greek elegiac poetry, and the Greek language in general.

Selected Publications

    Pointing at the Past

  • Bakker, Egbert J. Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics. Washington/Cambridge 2005: Center for Hellenic Studies/ Harvard University Press.
  • Bakker, Egbert J. The Meaning of Meat and the Structure of the Odyssey. Cambridge 2013: Cambridge University Press (paperback 2016)
  • Bakker, Egbert J. “The Making of History: Herodotus’ Historiês Apodexis.” In Brill’s Companion to Herodotus, 3–32, ed. E. J. Bakker, I. J. F. de Jong and H. van Wees. Leiden 2002: Brill.
  • Bakker, Egbert J. “Hector and the Race Horse: The Telescopic Vision of the Iliad.” In The Winnowing Oar: New Perspectives in Homeric Studies, ed. Chr. Tsagalis and A. Markantonatos, 57–74. Berlin 2017: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Bakker, Egbert J. “In and Out of the Golden Age: A Hesiodic Reading of the Odyssey.” In Home and Away: The Epic Journey. Ed. T. Biggs and J. Blum, 11–30. Cambridge 2019: Cambridge University Press.