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Barbara Graziosi’s research focuses on ancient Greek literature and the ways in which audiences and readers make it their own. This overall focus is expressed in a series of publications on ancient Greek literature and its reception, in support of her innovative work in the digital humanities (particularly via Optical Character Recognition as applied to ancient Greek and early printed books in Latin).
A substantial part of her work explores Homeric epic: her first book, Inventing Homer (Cambridge 2002), argues that early stories about Homer reveal how archaic and classical audiences imagined the poet and understood his poetry; The Resonance of Epic, written with Johannes Haubold (London 2005), investigates the relationship between Homeric epic and wider Greek views about the cosmos and its history; Iliad 6: A Commentary (Cambridge 2010), also written with Johannes Haubold, is an in-depth exploration of a key Iliadic book; Homer (Oxford 2016) summarizes her current thinking on this author and the works attributed to him. Together with Emily Greenwood, she edited Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon (Oxford 2007).