This concise book is a complete and contemporary introduction to Homer and his two master-works, the Iliad and the Odyssey. It explains the “Homeric Question,” illuminating its current status, and critiques the literary qualities of the Iliad and the Odyssey, analyzing and contrasting their plotting, narrative technique, and characterization.
- Provides historical background and literary readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey
- New to the second edition: a section on Homer’s reception in ancient Greece; a chapter on Homer and archaeology; additional maps; an updated bibliography; a glossary of key terms; and information on the oral composition of the poems
- Text is updated throughout
- Assumes no prior knowledge of Greek
|Series:||Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World Series , #6|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His previous publications include Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1991), A Short Introduction to Classical Myth (2001), Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature (2002), Classical Myth (fourth edition, 2004), and The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (with Ian Morris, 2005).
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the First Edition.
Part I: Background:.
1. The Philologist’s Homer.
2. The Historian’s Homer.
3. The Reader’s Homer.
Part II. The Poems:.
4. The Iliad.
5. The Odyssey.
6. Conclusion and Summary: Homer's Complementary Poems.
Part III: Reception:.
7. Homer and The Philosophers.
8. Homer and The Poets.
Appendix: For Further Reading.
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