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The Iliad: A Commentary

Volume 4. Books 13-16

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  • This, the fourth volume in the six-volume Commentary on The Iliad being prepared under the General Editorship of Professor G. S. Kirk, covers Books 13-16, including the Battle for the Ships, the Deception of Zeus and the Death of Patroklos. Three introductory essays discuss the role of Homer's gods in his poetry; the origins and development of the epic diction; and the transmission of the text, from the bard's lips to our own manuscripts. It is now widely recognised that the first masterpiece of Western literature is an oral poem; Professor Janko's detailed commentary aims to show how this recognition can clarify many linguistic and textual problems, entailing a radical reassessment of the work of Homer's Alexandrian editors. The commentary also explores the poet's subtle creativity in adapting traditional materials, whether formulae, typical scenes, mythology or imagery, so as best to move, inspire and entertain his audience, ancient and modern alike. Discussion of the poem's literary qualities and structure is, where possible, kept separate from that of more technical matters.

    • One of two new volumes to appear in the series begun by Kirk and all carried out under his General Editorship
    • This will be the only full commentary on The Iliad at this level
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    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316038864
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    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Map of the northern Aegean
    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The gods in Homer: further considerations
    2. The origins and evolution of the epic diction
    3. The text and transmission of The Iliad
    Commentary
    Book 13
    Book 14
    Book 15
    Book 16
    Index of Greek words
    General index.

  • Editor

    Richard Janko, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    General Editor

    G. S. Kirk

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