As Witnessed by Images, a slim volume of 229 pages housing 86 figures of Greek and Etruscan art, only brings us a small step closer to this grand goal.
In fact, another book published in 2008, Homer: Der Mythos von Troia in Dichtung und Kunst edited by Joachim Latacz, an over 500 page tome with hundreds of figures, clearly comes closer to accomplishing a comprehensive comparison of poetry and art in the Trojan tradition.
[Authors and titles are listed at the end of the review.] Steven Lowenstam died of cancer in 2003 at the age of 57.
As Witnessed by Images: The Trojan War Tradition in Greek and Etruscan Art is thus his final contribution to the fields of Classics and Art History. Lowenstam's death, as per his own request, his friend and colleague T. Carpenter graciously saw the book through to publication; but the manuscript and bibliography are essentially as they were in 2003 when the author himself stopped working on them.
And unlike the case with Virgil’s In working with Homer, one immediately runs into problems with the formulation “the actual text which the author wrote,” in particular with the very concept of an “author” and the idea that he “wrote” anything.
Modern scholars have woven his life story as much from such ancient traditions as from certain elements in his works, and the little that we know about him is from their research.
For more information about Homer you can read his Encyclopedia Britannica biography linked below.
The Iliad tells the story of the ill-fated Trojan War.
He is the attributed author of two of the greatest Epics of literature: The Iliad and The Odyssey.
His epic poems provided the basis of Greek education and are still important pieces of literature studied in both high school and college courses.