Barry B. Powell
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Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visiting professor at the University of New Mexico, and author of the widely used textbook Classical Myth and other books.
Powell's Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet advances the thesis that a single man invented the Greek alphabet expressly in order to record the poems of Homer. This thesis is controversial. The book was the subject of an international conference in Berlin in 2002 and has been influential outside classical philology, especially in media studies.
 External links
- Powell, Classical Myth, fifth edition, Prentice-Hall, 2006
- --, Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet, Cambridge University Press, 1991
- --, A Short Introduction to Classical Myth, Prentice-Hall, 2000
- --, Homer, Blackwells, 2003
- --, Ramses in Nighttown, 2005. An illustrated novel.
- --, Rooms Containing Falcons, 2005. An illustrated book of poetry.
- --, Helen of Troy (screenplay)
- --, The War at Troy: A True History, 2006, a mock-epic.
- -- and Ian Morris, The Greeks, Prentice-Hall, 2005