The Poet of the IliadPaperback
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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 120 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 6mm | 209g
- Publication date: 26 September 2013
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 1107624010
- ISBN 13: 9781107624016
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,707,623
Originally published in 1952, this book is based upon the J. H. Gray lectures for 1949, delivered in Cambridge, which dealt with the Iliad as a historic event, with discussion on the circumstances of its composition and first performance, its effect on Greek civilisation, and its intrinsic nature. The text presents the content for all three lectures: 'The Poet's Circumstances'; 'The Poet's Descendants'; and 'The Creative Poet'. A detailed appendix section is also included, together with illustrative figures and indices. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in perspectives on the Iliad and its historical context.
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Table of contents
Preface; 1. The poet's circumstances; 2. The poet's descendants; 3. The creative poet; Appendix A. The catalogue of ships; Appendix B. A selection of pedigrees; General index; Abbreviated titles; Index of passages of the Iliad.