Homer: Iliad Book XXIV: Bk.24Paperback Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
- Dimensions: 126mm x 200mm x 16mm | 222g
- Publication date: 1 April 1982
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521286204
- ISBN 13: 9780521286206
- Illustrations note: bibliography, index
- Sales rank: 270,930
The twenty-fourth book of the Iliad - the account of Priam's ransoming of Hector's body from Achilles - is one of the masterpieces of world literature, a work of interest to a far wider audience than scholars of ancient Greek. In this edition Colin Macleod tries to reach both scholars and Greekless readers alike. In his commentary he gives help to readers unfamiliar with the language of Homer and discusses problems of content and expression, never treating this book in isolation but drawing attention to Homer's artistry and thought in the context of the whole of the Iliad. In his introduction Mr Macleod examines Homer's notion of poetry, his style and language and the architecture and meaning of his work. He tries to show why Book XXIV is a proper conclusion to the Iliad. This is an edition for classical scholars, undergraduates and students in the upper forms of schools. The introduction and substantial parts of the commentary require no knowledge of Greek and should find readers among all who are interested in European literature.
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'[Macleod's] extraordinary success in catering for users at very different levels (including those who know no Greek) is characteristic of the whole work, and it is likely to exercise an influence far greater than its relatively modest appearance would, at first sight, suggest.' The Times Literary Supplement '[This book] must be the most rewarding scholarly commentary in English on Homer. While informed by much learning, articulated with great precision, it is essentially literary-critical ... Macleod's interpretation is deeply humane, and ... contains much to admire, including pointed comparisons with later literature ... and some sensitive extended discussions ... All in all, Macleod's volume is a pleasure to work with ...' Greece and Rome
Table of contents
Preface; Introduction; Bibliographical note; Note on the text and apparatus; Commentary; Indexes to the commentary.