The Making of the Iliad: Disquisition and Analytical Commentary

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Overview


The Making of the Iliad is intended for readers who have some knowledge of Greek and of Homer. After introductory chapters on the poet of the Iliad's date and homeland, the poetic traditions known to him, the way in which his work developed, and its early reception, Martin West provides a running commentary on the epic, distinguishing the different stages of the poet's workings, illuminating his aims and methods, and identifying techniques and motifs derived from ancestral Indo-European tradition or imported from the Near East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199590070
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2011
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,085,956
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

M. L. West is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

I. Disquisition: The Making of the Iliad
1. Aims and Assumptions
2. The Poet: When and Where?
3. Songs Known and Heard
4. Troy and Achilles
5. The Growth of the Poem
6. Early Reception and Transmission
II. Analytical Commentary: The Made Iliad

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