Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus

910 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608/262-2041
bbpowell@wisc.edu

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

1. Greek poetry (esp. Homer)

2. History of writing

3. Mythology

4. Egyptology

 

SOME PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

  • Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: The Essential Books (Oxford, 2014), with introduction, notes, and illustrations from ancient art, 511 pages
  • The Odyssey (Oxford, 2014), with introduction, notes, and illustrations from ancient art, 550 pages
  • The Iliad (Oxford, 2013), with introduction, notes, and illustrations from ancient art, 550 pages
  • World Myth (Prentice-Hall, 2012). The myths of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, Japan, Scandinavia, Celtic lands, Mexico, Oceania, North America, and Africa, 600 pages
  • A Land of Slaves: A Novel (Pegasus Books, 2012). Academic mystery and satire set in Madison, Wisconsin, 325 pages.

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  • Ilias, Odysseia (Chester River Press, 2009). Greek text, with translation of Alexander Pope. 1000 pages
  • Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). The principles that underlie the world's writing systems, with a review of historical development, 300 pages

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  • The Greeks: History, Culture, Society, second edition (with Ian Morris; Prentice-Hall, 2009). Concise description of Greek culture, with many illustrations, 602 pages

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  • The War at Troy: A True History (Xlibris, 2006). Mock epic, with original black and white photographs, 400 pages

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  • Rooms Containing Falcons (Xlibris, 2006). Poems, with original black and white photographs, 108 pages

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  • Ramses in Nighttown, A Novel (Xlibris, 2005). Itinerant scholar travels through strange worlds, including Berkeley in the 1960s, Greece, Cairo. 398 printed pages

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  • Homer (Blackwell, 2003). Concise review of criticism, discussion of the Iliad and the Odyssey,and bibliograhic essay, 178 pages; second edition 2007

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Omero (il Mulino, 2006). Italian translation.

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  • Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2003), including chapters on the oral and written in Greek and Near Eastern traditions; composition in writing and the dictated text; the origin of mythic representation in Greek art from eastern exemplars; social role of the rhapsode; uses of alphabetic literacy and the demoticization of Greek legend, 210 pages

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  • A Short Introduction to Classical Myth (Prentice-Hall, 2002), 230 pages

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  • A New Companion to Homer, editor (with Ian Morris; E. J. Brill, 1997). Essays on Homer by many scholars, 752 pages; Modern Greek translation from D. A. Papadimas Editions

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  • Classical Myth (Prentice-Hall, 8th edition, 2011). Greek and Roman myths in their historical, social, literary, and anthropological context, 685 pages

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  • Homer and the Origin Of the Greek Alphabet (Cambridge University Press, 1991; reprinted, 1993, 1994; paperback, 1996). How one man invented the alphabet to record Homer's verse, 280 pages

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  • Composition by Theme in the Odyssey (Beiträge zur klassischen Philologie, Meisenheim am Glan, 1977). Generative patterns of composition in tales told in the Odyssey, 66 pages

 

SOME CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  • "Mündlichkeit, Buchstäblichkeit, und andere Paradigmata in der Forschung zur griechischen Kultur" (in German), in W. Ernst, F. Kittler eds., in Die Geburt des Vokalalphabets aus dem Geist der Poesie Schrift, Zahl und Ton im Medienverbund (Fink Verlag, Paderborn, 2006), 15-30

  • articles on "Teiresias," "Calchas," and"Mopsus" in Holy People of the World: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2003)

  • "Seals and Writing in the Ancient Near East and Cyprus: Conclusions from Context," in J. S. Smith ed., Script and Seal Use on Cyprus in the Bronze and Iron Age (Colloquia and Conference Papers 4, Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, 2002) 227-248

  • "The Inventor of the Alphabet: A Retrospective," in Die Geschichte der Hellenischen Sprache und Schrift, Verein zur Foerderung der Aufarbeitung der Hellenischen Geschichte (Ohlstadt/Oberbayern, Germany, 1999), 435-447

  • "Writing and Homer," in A New Companion to Homer, eds. Barry B. Powell and Ian Morris (E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1997) 1-32

  • "From Picture to Myth, From Myth to Picture: Prolegomena to the Invention of Mythic Representation in Greek Art," in From Pasture to Polis (University of Missouri Press, 1997) 144-193

  • Writing, Oral Poetry, and the Invention of the Narrative Style in Greek Art," in The Odyssey and Ancient Art: An Epic in Word and Image (catalogue for traveling exhibition organized by Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, New York, 1992) 180-185

  • "The Origins of Alphabetic Literacy Among the Greeks," in Phoinikeia Grammata. Lire et écrire en Méditerranée, Collection d'études classiques, vol. 6 (Liège, Belgium, 1991) 357-370

  • "The West, the Non-West, Liberal Education, and Sophocles' Antigone," in Cultural Literacy and the Core Curriculum," A Report of the Meiklejohn Education Foundation's 1990 Curriculum (Sonoma, California, 1991)

 

 

SOME SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

"Deciphering Cretan Scripts,"Archaeology Odyssey 7 (2) (2004), 38-43.

"Seals and Writing in the Ancient Near East and Cyprus: Conclusions from Context," AIA publication series for colloquia and conference Papers 4, Archaeological Institute of America, (Boston 2002) 227-248

"Text, Orality, Literacy, Tradition, Dictation, Education, and other Paradigms of Exegesis," Oral Tradition
(2001), 96-125

The Alphabet in Theory and in History
, The Gail A. Burnett Lectures in Classics (2000, Department of Classics, San Diego State University, California): 25 printed pages

"Who Invented the Alphabet: The Semites or the Greeks?" Archaeology Odyssey
1 (1) (Premiere issue, 1998): 44-53; 70.

"Did Homer Sing at Lefkandi?" Electronic Antiquity
1 (2) (1994): 1-27

"The Orazio Lirico of Giorgio Pasquali: Its Place in His Career and in the History of Horatian Scholarship," Syllecta Classica
3 (1991): 37-44

"The Greek Alphabet, A Writing That Changed the World," Intent (1991)
"Why Was the Greek Alphabet Invented? The Epigraphic Evidence," Classical Antiquity
8 (1989): 321-350

"The Dipylon Oinochoe Inscription and the Spread of Literacy in 8th Century Greece," Kadmos, Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphik
27 (1988): 65-86

"The Origin of the Puzzling Supplementals Φ Χ Ψ," Transactions of the
American Philological Association 117 (1987): 1-20;
abstract in Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
(1989)

"Egyptian Religion and Anthropophagy in Juvenal's Fifteenth Satire," Rheinisches Museum für Philologie
68 (1978): 1-5

"The Linguiform Atlatl Weight: Toward a Reformed Typology of the Polished Stone Gorget," Wisconsin Archaeologist
59 (1978): 358-378

"Word Patterns in the Catalogue of Ships: A Structural Analysis of Homeric Language," Hermes
106 (1978): 255-264

"The Significance of the So-Called 'Horns of Consecration,'" Kadmos, Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphik
16 (1977): 70-82

"Poeta Ludens: Thrust and Counter-thrust in Eclogue 3," Illinois Classical Studies 1
(116): 113-121

"The Ordering of Tibullus Book 1," Classical Philology
69 (1974): 107-112

"Narrative Pattern in the Homeric Tale of Menelaus," Transactions of the American Philological Association
101 (1970): 419-431


BOOK REVIEWS IN

  • American Historical Review
  • American Journal of Archaeology
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  • Archaeology Odyssey
  • Bryn Mawr Classical Review
  • Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • Classical Review
  • Classical World
  • Electronic Antiquity
  • Hebrew Studies
  • Intent
  • Journal of Roman Studies
  • Journal of Indo-European Studies
  • Mousaion
  • Phoenix
  • Religious Studies Review
  • Scholia
  • Wisconsin Academy Review

RADIO AND TV SHOWS

  • The Real Trojan War, produced by Gary Glassman for History Channel TV (2004)
  • Homer, four one-hour shows hosted by Norman Gilleland and Emily Auerbach, WHA-FM (University of the Air) (September 1997)

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