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Martin Litchfield West

Premio Balzan 2000 per l'antichità classica

Per le sue magistrali edizioni e delucidazioni della poesia greca da Omero fino alla tragedia attica nonché per le sue ricerche innovative riguardo alle sempre presunte e accanitamente discusse relazioni tra la Grecia e l'Antico Oriente.

Martin Litchfield West, born on 23 September 1937 (*1937 – †2015) in London, is a British citizen.

Fellow of the British Academy,

Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (since 1991),

Jr. Woodhouse Research Fellow, St. John’s College, Oxford (1960-63); Fellow and Praelector in Classics, University College, Oxford (1963-74),

Professor of Greek, University of London (Bedford College, later Royal Holloway and Bedford New College) (1974-91).

Corresponding member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften, Göttingen; member of the Academia Europaea, London


List of books:

  • Hesiod, Theogony, Oxford 1966, xiii + 459 pp.;
  • Early Greek Philosophy and the Orient, Oxford 1971, xv + 256 pp.; translation into Italian, Bologna 1993;
  • Iambi et Elegi Graeci I/II, Oxford 1971/72, xvi + 256 + x + 246 pp., revised edition of vol I 1989, revised edition of vol II 1992;
  • Sing Me, Goddess, [verse translation of Iliad 1] Duckworth 1971, 43 pp.;
  • Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique, Teubner (Stuttgart) 1973, 155 pp.; translation into Greek, Athens 1989; translation into Italian, Palermo 1991; translation into Hungarian, Budapest 1999;
  • Studies in Greek Elegy and Iambus, de Gruyter, Berlin 1974, ix + 198 pp.;
  • Immortal Helen (lecture), Bedford College 1975, 18 pp.;
  • Theognidis et Phocylidis Fragmenta, de Gruyter, Berlin 1978, iv + 49 pp.;
  • Hesiod, Works and Days, Oxford 1978, xiii + 399 pp.;
  • Delectus ex Iambis et Elegis Graecis, Oxford 1980, ix + 295 pp.;
  • Greek Metre, Oxford 1982, xiv + 208 pp.;
  • The Orphic Poems, Oxford 1983, xii + 275 pp.; translation into Italian, Naples 1993;
  • Carmina Anacreontea, Teubner (Leipzig) 1984, xxvi + 64 pp.; corrected reprint with one page of Addenda, 1993;
  • The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women, Oxford 1985, viii + 193 pp.;
  • Euripides, Orestes, Aris & Phillips 1987, ix + 297 pp.;
  • Introduction to Greek Metre, Oxford 1987, xi + 90 pp.;
  • Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days, [translation] Oxford 1988, xxv + 79 pp.;
  • Aeschyli, Tragoediae cum incerti poetae Prometheo, Teubner (Stuttgart) 1990, lxxxv + 508 pp.;
  • Studies in Aeschylus, Teubner (Stuttgart) 1990, x + 406 pp.;
  • Ancient Greek Music, Oxford 1992, xiii + 410 pp; translation into Greek, Athens 1999;
  • Greek Lyric Poetry. The poems and fragments of the Greek iambic, elegiac, and melic poets (excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) down to 450 B.C., [verse translation] Oxford 1993, xxv + 213 pp.;
  • Die griechische Dichterin: Bild und Rolle (Lectio Teubneriana, v), Stuttgart & Leipzig 1996, 48 pp.;
  • The East Face of Helicon: West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth, Oxford 1997, xxvi + 662 pp.;
  • Homerus: Ilias Recensuit Martin L. West, Volumen prius: Rhapsodiae I-XII, Stuttgart & Leipzig (Bibliotheca Teubneriana) 1998, lxii + 372 pp.; Volumen alterum: Rhapsodiae XIII-XXIV, Leipzig & Munich 2000, vii + 396 pp. [to be published in October].
  • His works include also contributions to Dictionaries and books as well as some 200 articles and papers (1960-2000).

Selected articles:

  • The Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts of Hesiod’s “Theogony”, Classical Quarterly 14, 1964, 165-89;
  • Conjectures on 46 Greek Poets, Philologus 110, 1996, 147-68;
  • The Contest of Homer and Hesiod, Classical Quarterly 17, 1967, 433-50;
  • Near Eastern Material in Hellenistic and Roman Literature, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 73, 1968, 113-34;
  • Stesichorus, Classical Quarterly 21, 1971, 302-14;
  • The Cosmology of “Hippocrates”, De Hebdomadibus, Classical Quarterly 21, 1971, 365-88;
  • Indo-European Metre, Glotta 51, 1973, 161-87;
  • Greek Poetry 2000-700 B.C., Classical Quarterly 23, 1973, 179-92;
  • The Medieval Manuscripts of the “Works and Days”, Classical Quarterly 24, 1974, 161-85;
  • Tragica I-VII, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 24, 1977, 89-103; 25, 1978, 106-22; 26, 1979, 104-17; 27, 1980, 9-22; 28, 1981, 61-78; 30, 1983, 63-82; 31, 1984, 171-96;
  • The Prometheus Trilogy, Journal of Hellenic Studies 99, 1979, 130-48;
  • The Rise of the Greek Epic, Journal of Hellenic Studies 108, 1988, 151-72;
  • Analecta Musica, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 92, 1992, 1-54;
  • Simonides Redivivus, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 98, 1993, 1-14;
  • The Babylonian Musical Notation and the Hurrian Melodic Texts, Music and Letters 75, 1993/4, 161-79;
  • “Ab Ovo”. Orpheus, Sanchuniathon, and the Origins of the Ionian World Model, Classical Quarterly 44, 1994, 289-307;
  • The Date of the “Iliad”, Museum Helveticum 52, 1995, 203-19;
  • Akkadian Poetry: Metre and Performance, Iraq 59, 1997, 175-87;
  • Towards Monotheism, P. Athanassiadi and M. Frede (edd.), Pagan Monotheism in Late Antiquity, Oxford 1999, 20-40;
  • The Invention of Homer, Classical Quarterly 49, 1999, 364-82

(October 2000)

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