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The Cambridge Companion to Homer

The Cambridge Companion to Homer

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Robert Fowler, Donald Lateiner, Michael Silk, Ruth Scodel, Emily Kearns, Michael Clarke, Nancy Felson, Laura Slatkin, Matthew Clarke, Richard Buxton, Jasper Griffin, John Miles Foley, Ken Dowden, Robin Osborne, Richard Hunter, Joseph Farrell, Penelope Wilson, Timothy Webb, Vanda Zajko, James Porter, Lorna Hardwick, George Steiner
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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012461

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  • The two Homeric poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, have long been considered masterpieces, and their influence on subsequent Greek and Western literature has been immense. An international team of experts discusses the poems, their background and composition, and subsequent reception to the present day. Each chapter features contemporary critical insights and closes with a guide to further reading on the topic.

    • Ideal introduction for novice reader, but also offers critical insights for the expert
    • Deals in greater depth than other general works with the reception of the Homeric poems from antiquity down to the present day
    • Has an overriding emphasis on the poems as literary creations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This fine installment in the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series comprises 22 terse, original essays by recognized scholars and critics. The essays range over five areas of special concern in modern Homeric studies. Highly recommended." CHOICE May 2005

    "Advanced readers of Homer will find much to interest them in these pages: the individual essays make stimulating points for those who already know a lot about Homer." - Deborah Beck, Swarthmore College

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    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012461
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Robert Fowler
    Part I. The Poems and their Narrator:
    1. The Iliad: an unpredictable classic Donald Lateiner
    2. The Odyssey and its explorations Michael Silk
    3. The storyteller and his audience Ruth Scodel
    Part II. The Characters:
    4. The gods in the Homeric epics Emily Kearns
    5. Manhood and heroism Michael Clarke
    6. Gender and Homeric epic Nancy Felson and Laura Slatkin
    Part III. The Poet's Craft:
    7. Formulas, metre and type-scenes Matthew Clarke
    8. Similes and other likenesses Richard Buxton
    9. The speeches Jasper Griffin
    Part IV. Text and Context:
    10. Epic as genre John Miles Foley
    11. The epic tradition in Greece Ken Dowden
    12. Homer's society Robin Osborne
    13. The Homeric question Robert Fowler
    Part V. Homeric Receptions:
    14. Homer and Greek literature Richard Hunter
    15. Roman Homer Joseph Farrell
    16. Homer and English epic Penelope Wilson
    17. Homer and the Romantics Timothy Webb
    18. Homer and Ulysses Vanda Zajko
    19. Homer: the history of an idea James Porter
    20. 'Shards and suckers': contemporary receptions of Homer Lorna Hardwick
    21. Homer in English translation George Steiner.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Classics Intro
    • Mediterranean Adventures
  • Editor

    Robert Fowler, University of Bristol
    Robert Fowler is Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek, University of Bristol. He is the author of The Nature of the Early Greek Lyric (1987). He has also edited Early Greek Mythology, Volume 1 (2001).

    Contributors

    Robert Fowler, Donald Lateiner, Michael Silk, Ruth Scodel, Emily Kearns, Michael Clarke, Nancy Felson, Laura Slatkin, Matthew Clarke, Richard Buxton, Jasper Griffin, John Miles Foley, Ken Dowden, Robin Osborne, Richard Hunter, Joseph Farrell, Penelope Wilson, Timothy Webb, Vanda Zajko, James Porter, Lorna Hardwick, George Steiner

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