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The Cambridge Companion to Homer

The Cambridge Companion to Homer

Paperback Cambridge Companions to Literature

Edited by Robert Fowler

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 442 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 26mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 8 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521012465
  • ISBN 13: 9780521012461
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 12 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 161,143

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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.

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Author information

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).

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'The 22 contributors to this important book represent a healthy diversity of views but share fundamental assumptions. All engage closely with the text of Homer, and take the epics seriously as literature. ... one of the most distinguished of the Cambridge Companions series, and will be essential reading for every student.' The Anglo-Hellenic Review 'Every chapter proves rewarding. ... this is a magnificent achievement. It is the indispensable vade mecum for the student of Homer. Every school library should have a copy. Everybody in tertiary education should own one.' Journal of Classics Teaching '... skilfully arranged and unfailingly lucid.' The Times Literary Supplement 'The volume's organization, in five main sections, is strong and clear, and the writing throughout is lucid, vigorous, and accessible.' Translation and Literature 'Written by an international team of scholars ... the first port of call for students at all levels, with introductions to important subjects and suggestions for further exploration.' http://w3.u-grenoble3.fr/homerica/actualites/livres.html '... the Cambridge Companion bids fair to provide the best companionship for non-specialist readers of Homer. It covers the basic technical issues underlying current research and also provides thoughtful guides to reading the poems, especially in the context of English literature. ... A learned and humane collection ...' Journal of Hellenic Studies 'The Cambridge Companion to Homer comprises a collection of stimulating and informative essays by a distinguished panel of contemporary scholars. Student's at all levels will profit much from this volume.' Robert J. Rabel, University of Kentucky

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.