Eric A. Havelock

In 1963 Eric Havelock’s landmark book Preface to Plato revolutionized the way we read both Homer and other ancient Greek literature by making the case for the “oral encyclopedia” of cultural attitudes, values, and beliefs that was “published” in oral performance. A collection of his seminal writings, The Literate Revolution in Greece and Its Cultural Consequences (1982), has since appeared, as has a fascinating study of the Presocratics (1983). He is Sterling Professor of Classics (Emeritus) at Yale University.

Articles by Eric A. Havelock

The Alphabetic Mind: A Gift of Greece to the Modern World

Volume 1, Issue 1 (January, 1986)

The Cosmic Myths of Homer and Hesiod

Volume 2, Issue 1 (January, 1987)
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