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The Cambridge Companion to Homer is a guide to the essential aspects of Homeric criticism and scholarship, including the reception of the poems in ancient and modern times. Written by an international team of scholars, it is intended to be the first port of call for students at all levels, with introductions to important subjects and suggestions for further exploration. Alongside traditional topics like the Homeric Question, the divine apparatus of the poems, the formulae, the characters and the archaeological background, there are detailed discussions of similes, speeches, the poet as story-teller and the genre of epic both within Greece and worldwide. The reception chapters include assessments of ancient Greek and Roman readings as well as selected modern interpretations from the eighteenth century to the present day. Chapters on Homer in English translation and 'Homer' in the history of ideas round out the collection.

Synopsis:

In this volume an international team of experts discusses the Iliad and the Odyssey, their background and composition and, most originally, their subsequent reception down to the present day. The work provides the best of contemporary scholarship, new critical insights and a guide to further reading on the topic.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521012461
Editor:
Fowler, Robert
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Fowler, Robert
Author:
Fowler, Robert
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Epic poetry, Greek
Subject:
Mythology, Greek, in literature
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Homer
Subject:
Homer - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w illus. 2 maps
Pages:
444
Dimensions:
8.90x6.04x1.06 in. 1.57 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this volume an international team of experts discusses the Iliad and the Odyssey, their background and composition and, most originally, their subsequent reception down to the present day. The work provides the best of contemporary scholarship, new critical insights and a guide to further reading on the topic.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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