Charles Baker

My research interests are focused on ancient hexameter poetry, particularly the Homeric epics, and ancient scholarship. My MPhil thesis examines ancient exegetical work on the Iliad. By examining sources including the scholia vetera (particularly from the bT manuscript family), Porphyry's Homeric Questions and the place of Homer in ancient education, I am attempting to understand the evolution of ancient exegesis. I will also seek to put it alongside its better understood counterpart, the text-critical tradition which is represented by the figure of Aristarchus.