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Композиция «Каталога кораблей» и проблемы гомеровского эпоса

The work aims at analyzing the structure of the Catalogue of Ships from the Book 2 of the Iliad and its place in the composition of the epic poem. On the one hand, the Catalogue is a virtual journey of the Singer throughout Greece; on the other, it is an example of complex symmetrical structure common in Homer’s poems. The paper proposes an argument that if both principles are really valid, they are incompatible with the mainstream oral theory (stated by Milman Parry and Albert Lord), which describes the genesis of the Iliad and the Odyssey.