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    DescriptionWho was Homer? When were the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" composed? What were Odysseus', Achilles, and Hector's beliefs about government, religion, and class? In this introduction to the "Iliad" and "Odyssey", the author uses both the texts and the latest research material to reconstruct the Homeric age.


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    Title
    The World of Odysseus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir Moses I. Finley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 217 mm
    Weight: 216 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780712665735
    ISBN 10: 0712665730
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC, HBTB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Libri: B-452
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120, HIS010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AFS
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG, 2AFS
    DC21: 938.01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    PIMLICO
    Publication date
    02 September 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    Interest in Homer, to whom The Iliad and The Odyssey have been rightly or wrongly attributed, persists perhaps chiefly to scholars and literatures- but even to a lay public since he is a supremely good story teller. But what kind of a world did the heroes of these great poems inhabit? This is the question that Dr. Finley, with scholarly patience, attempts to answer here. Who was Homer? Was he one man, two, or several? Where was the Trojan War? What did the Greek heroes do when they were not engaged in fighting, what kind of a social order prevailed, what were their standards of personal honor, what were their attitudes toward women? These are answered here, not only from a close reading of the poems, but from a wealth of knowledge of pertinent texts. Dr. Finley writes with modesty, care, and intelligence, and as Mark Van Doren points out in his Foreword, "reminds us that Homer, like Shakespeare after him, set his imagination free in a world that was earlier than his own but by no means discontinuous with it". This is a book primarily for scholars and students of Greek civilization. But it brings into focus the realities of that bygone time with great simplicity and even greater interest which should contact a public beyond the academic field. (Kirkus Reviews)