Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Before ‘The Iliad,’ Did Homer Write the World’s First Comedy?

'Before The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer’s very first work—if Homer actually existed—is named Margites, after its main character who was nothing short of a bumbling idiot.'

Allison McNearney with a 'Lost Masterpieces' feature at the Daily Beast.

"In Alcibiades, Plato describes Margites as a man who 'knew many things, but all badly.' Artistotle explained this ignominious descriptor further in his Nicomachean Ethics, when he wrote that 'the gods taught him neither to dig nor to plough, nor any other skill; he failed in ever craft.'"

See Homer in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 4, and (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 3.

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