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Homer's "Iliad": A Commentary on the Translation of Richmond Lattimore

Homer's "Iliad": A Commentary on the Translation of Richmond Lattimore

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By (author) Norman Postlethwaite

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  • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF EXETER PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 203mm x 25mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2000
  • ISBN 10: 0859896838
  • ISBN 13: 9780859896832
  • Sales rank: 1,331,337

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This book introduces the general reader, as well as the student of Classics, to one of the masterpieces of European literature, the Iliad of Homer, in the English translation of Richmond Lattimore. It offers the background which readers need to understand the poem's detail of story and characters, and it provides a step-by-step guide to the story's unravelling and to the literary features which have ensured its enduring popularity since its composition in 750 BC. The edition is designed specifically for the reader who has neither Greek nor any previous knowledge of Homer and approaches the poem as a literary text, seeking to identify the poet's techniques and to assess their effects. It can be used both as a continous reading alongside Lattimore's (or any other) translation and as a reference work for specific points of textual understanding or interpretation. There is a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography and a guide to further reading.

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Norman Postlethwaite is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the School of Classics, Ancient History and Theology, University of Exeter. He is co-editor of Reciprocity in Ancient Greece (Oxford, 1998)

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With clarity and dispatch Postlethwaite manages to provide the background knowledge that an ancient audience would have brought to the poem, noting as well significant thematic developments and directing the reader to a wide range of present-day Homeric studies. Teachers and readers for whom Lattimore's stately cadences capture Homer's Greek most directly will find here an indispensable companion to that most literally faithful of modern translations. -- Andrew Ford, Professor of Classics, Princeton University

Table of contents

PREFACE MAPS OF GREECE INTRODUCTION 1. HOMER 2. THE HOMERIC EPICS 3. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 4. THE TROJAN WAR 5. COMPOSITION 6. THE HOMERIC QUESTION 7. SOME FEATURES OF STYLE 8. THE HERO 9. THE GODS COMMENTARY ILIAD ONE ILIAD TWO ILIAD THREE ILIAD FOUR ILIAD FIVE ILIAD SIX ILIAD SEVEN ILIAD EIGHT ILIAD NINE ILIAD TEN ILIAD ELEVEN ILIAD TWELVE ILIAD THIRTEEN ILIAD FOURTEEN ILIAD FIFTEEN ILIAD SIXTEEN ILIAD SEVENTEEN ILIAD EIGHTEEN ILIAD NINETEEN ILIAD TWENTY ILIAD TWENTY-ONE ILIAD TWENTY-TWO ILIAD TWENTY-THREE ILIAD TWENTY-FOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX