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Homer: Iliad Book XVIII


Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107643123


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  • Book 18 of the Iliad is an outstanding example of the range and power of Homeric epic. It describes the reaction of the hero Achilles to the death of his closest friend, and his decision to re-enter the conflict even though it means he will lose his own life. The book also includes the forging of the marvellous shield for the hero by the smith-god Hephaestus: the images on the shield are described by the poet in detail, and this description forms the archetypal ecphrasis, influential on many later writers. In an extensive introduction, R. B. Rutherford discusses the themes, style and legacy of the book. The commentary provides line-by-line guidance for readers at all levels, addressing linguistic detail and larger questions of interpretation. A substantial appendix considers the relation between Iliad 18 and the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, which has been prominent in much recent discussion.

    • Presents an edition of this important and widely read text suitable for intermediate and advanced students of Greek
    • The introduction and commentary include abundant grammatical and linguistic help, as well as emphasising questions of literary interpretation
    • Contains a substantial appendix considering the relation between Iliad 18 and the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107643123
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Book 18 and the choice of Achilles
    2. Hector
    3. The gods
    4. The shield of Achilles
    5. Homeric language and style: some important features
    6. Metre, grammar, text
    Iliad 18 (ΙΛΙΑΔΟΣ Σ)
    Appendix: Gilgamesh and Homer.

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    Editor (Introduction and Notes)

    R. B. Rutherford, University of Oxford
    R. B. Rutherford is Professor of Greek and Latin Literature at the University of Oxford and Student (Tutorial Fellow) of Christ Church. He has published many books and articles on Homer and other classical authors, including an edition of Books XIX and XX of the Odyssey for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series.

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