The Ironies of War: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad

The Ironies of War: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad

by Ian C. Johnson
     
 

This book is a sustained interpretative essay addressed to the Greekless reader. It does not digress into speculations about the many historical questions common to such introductions but directs the reader's attention to the central issue of interpreting the epic with his modern imagination. The author seeks to give the Greekless reader the confidence to enter

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This book is a sustained interpretative essay addressed to the Greekless reader. It does not digress into speculations about the many historical questions common to such introductions but directs the reader's attention to the central issue of interpreting the epic with his modern imagination. The author seeks to give the Greekless reader the confidence to enter Homer's poem without a sense that he lacks the necessary historical discipline. The central interpretative thrust of this work stresses that the central issue in a study of the Iliad is the picture of warfare, an eternally present way human beings think about one aspect of their condition. Contents: include: An Introduction, Homer's Vision of War; War, Nature, and the Gods; The Heroic Code; Arms and the Men; The Iliad as a Tragedy: The Warrior, the Victim, and the Tragic Hero; and Homer and the Modern Imagination.

Editorial Reviews

The International History Review
...the book...will without question help those to whom it is directed; the bibliography is one of the most amazing I have ever encountered in a classical work, but beautifully illustrates the range of the author's argument.
Choice
...warmly recommended...
— Malcolm F. McGregor, Professor of Classics, University of British Columbia
CHOICE
There is much that is valuable in this essay; many high school and college teachers will find it a useful source of ideas and insights for presenting Homer to their students....Recommended for all libraries.
CHOICE - Malcolm F. McGregor
...warmly recommended...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819170293
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
09/01/1988
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ian C. Johnson is Instructor of English and Classics at Malaspina College in British Columbia

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