- May 2011
- Rural Australia
In antiquity anyone doing any copying would have gone to school, and if our reconstruction of antiquity is clear enough, at one stage would have studied the stories of Homer.To go back to parallelomania, there is a detail we should keep in mind: in case of parallels and similarities, we could even not exclude a will to copy something previous. In History there have been personages with a model in mind.
If we were to leave for a moment the parallels claimed by some people between Mark and Josephus, what if we examined the parallels claimed by MacDonald between Mark and Homer. It is not difficult to read through the parallels MacDonald finds, and while they appear quite reasonable, how can we tell whether the parallels were intentionally constructed by the author of Mark using Homer, or whether the parallels are being perceived as such, but are in reality coincidental?
Dennis R. MacDonald, The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.09.16
How can we tell the difference between "Valid parallels" and those appearing as a result of "Parellelomania"?