Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors
Homer, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Color, Odyssey, Blue
Why does it seem like Homer was stuck in a Kandinsky painting? The Odyssey contains several strange descriptions of color--from green-faced men to iron-colored sheep--that have confused scholars for centuries. This thesis explores the possibility of a texture-based theory of color, and how those color descriptors have come down to us through Modern Greek language. By exploring the understanding of ancient color through a Modern Greek translation of the Odyssey (by D.N. Maronitis), both the ancient and modern languages argue in favor of a more physical experience with color.
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Benson, Alana R., "Wine-Dark Sheep: Ancient Color in a Modern Greek Odyssey" (2015). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 90.