"In this technical yet clear book, Nagy explores how the Homeric poems, stemming from an oral tradition that can be traced to the middle of the second millenium BCE, became the written texts of today....Rich in detail, knowledge and scope, Nagy's book (the culmination of years of work) offers a lucid, well-argued approach to these problems. It will interest not only specialists in ancient Greek poetry, but anyone concerned with oral traditions." P. Nieto, Choice
From the Archaic through the Hellenistic periods of ancient Greece, this comparative study of oral poetics in literate cultures focuses on the problems of textual fluidity in the transmission of Homeric poetry over half a millennium. It stresses the role of performance and performer.