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A Companion to the Iliad

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Publisher Comments:

Those who are able to read Homer in Greek have ample recourse to commentaries, but the vast majority who read the Iliad in translation have not been so well served—the many available translations contain few, if any, notes. For these readers, Malcolm M. Willcock provides a line-by-line commentary that explains the many factual details, mythological allusions, and Homeric conventions that a student or general reader could not be expected to bring to an initial encounter with the Iliad.

 

The notes, which always relate to particular lines in the text, have as their prime aim the simple, factual explanation of things the inexperienced reader would be unlikely to have at his or her command (What is a hecatomb? Who is Atreus' son?). Second, they enhance an appreciation of the Iliad by illuminating epic style, Homer's methods of composition, the structure of the work, and the characterization of the major heroes. The "Homeric Question," concerning the origin and authorship of the Iliad, is also discussed.

Professor Willcock's commentary is based on Richmond Lattimore's translation—regarded by many as the outstanding translation of the present generation—but it may be used profitably with other versions as well. This clearly written commentary, which includes an excellent select bibliography, will make one of the touchstones of Western literature accessible to a wider audience.

Synopsis:

Provides supplementary line-by-line commentary to familiarize the general reader with Greek history and mythology as well as Homer's style, techniques, and poetic conventions.

Synopsis:

Willcock provides a line-by-line commentary that explains allusions and Homeric conventions that a student or general reader could not be expected to bring to an initial encounter with the "Iliad.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Book One

Book Two

Book Three

Book Four

Book Five

Book Six

Book Seven

Book Eight

Book Nine

Book Ten

Book Eleven

Book Twelve

Book Thirteen

Book Fourteen

Book Fifteen

Book Sixteen

Book Seventeen

Book Eighteen

Book Nineteen

Book Twenty

Book Twenty-One

Book Twenty-Two

Book Twenty-Three

Book Twenty-Four

Appendix A: Transmission of the Tex of the Iliad and Commentaries on It

Appendix B: Methods of Fighting in the Iliad

Appendix C: Mythology and the Gods

Appendix D: The "Aithiopis Theory"

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226898551
Other:
Willcock, Malcolm M.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Willcock, Malcolm M.
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Epic poetry, Greek
Subject:
Greek poetry
Subject:
Trojan War
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Homer
Subject:
Trojan War -- Literature and the war.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 13
Publication Date:
19760531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
302
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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