Celebrating Homer's Landscapes: Troy and Ithaca Revisited

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In this beautiful and engaging book, an eminent authority on Homeric texts takes us on a tour of the main localities that Homer paints so vividly in his Iliad and Odyssey. Providing numerous photographs of the terrain and quoting liberally from the two epics, J. V. Luce argues convincingly that Homer's descriptions of the ancient landscape, far from being poetic fantasies, are accurate in every detail. Luce's book is a significant contribution for specialists and a delightful companion for readers of Homer or visitors to the ancient sites.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Green
J.V. Luce...reminds us..."it is currently fashionable to regard the Homeric accounts of landscape and locality as 'poetic constructions,' with the implications that much of the detail is fictional and imaginary"....
The New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300074116
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
1 Landscape and the Bard 1
2 The Troad 21
3 The Plain of Troy and the Rivers 55
4 Troy, Homer, and the Archaeologists 81
5 Signposts to the Course of the Fighting 111
6 Homeric Ithaca: Geography and Archaeology 165
7 Homeric Ithaca: Narrative and Locality 191
App. 1 The Stemma of the Trojan Royal House 231
App. 2 Chronology of Troy 232
Notes 235
General Index 249
Index of Homeric Passages 256
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