• A Beginner’s Guide to Homer

    Author(s):
    Elton Barker (see profile) , Joel Christensen
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome
    Subject(s):
    Classical Greek culture, Classical Greek literature, Poetics
    Item Type:
    Book
    Tag(s):
    npm17
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6503T
    Abstract:
    In this guide we pick our way through a range of themes and issues that help negotiate the distance between Homer’s time and our own: the question of who, or what, Homer is and how to approach reading his poetry (the Introduction); the epic cosmos that Homer inherits, challenges and changes forever (Ch. 1); the Iliad’s examination of politics through its depiction of the Achaeans’ coalition against the Trojans (Ch. 2); its emotional core that invites the audience inside Troy to experience war from the ‘other’ perspective (Ch. 3); the disarming humanity of the Iliad’s final vision of the meeting of godlike Achilles and the old man whose son he has killed (Ch. 4); the Odyssey’s rollercoaster ride through epic as we catch up on what has been happening since the fall of Troy (Ch. 5); a storytelling master-class from Odysseus himself including his great escape from the cave of the Cyclops (Ch. 6); the Odyssey’s show-stopping finale as Odysseus takes on the suitors (Ch. 7); and a brief tour through many receptions of Homer from Greek tragedy to science fiction (the Epilogue).
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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