Posts by Mark Erickson

Chapman’s Homer and British cultural history

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Talking to my friend Tom recently about the ‘Troy’ exhibition at the British Museum we came to discussing George Chapman’s Homer (Iliad (1611) and Odyssey (1615) – you can download a copy here), the first full English translations of these epic poems. The exhibition includes a first edition of this monumental work. George Chapman (1559… Continue reading

Expanding the project: can we take Homer out of the laboratory?

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After a summer break and a bracing return to work it is time to consider how to move this projects forward. I am looking for a method that allows social investigators to ‘escape’ from entrenched conceptual schemes, but retains some purchase on the objects under investigation. Homer’s Iliad helped me to do that in the… Continue reading

The Iliad and Odyssey as sources of metaphors for understanding formal science?

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I dismissed using Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey as a metaphor for contemporary science a bit quickly in my 2018 paper ‘Homer in the laboratory’, only focussing on the idea of οικος as a metaphor for how contemporary science labs operate. On reflection I think a more sustained reading of formal science, its practitioners and institutions,… Continue reading

How many days does Homer’s Iliad cover?

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My ‘Homer in the laboratory’ paper that was published in January 2018 was earlier rejected from another journal; this is fairly common in social science and humanities academic publishing and authors just have to get used to receiving criticism. Sometimes reviewers’ comments are helpful, other times spiteful or dismissive. Occasionally they are factually inaccurate. One… Continue reading