The World of Odysseus

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The World of Odysseus is a concise and penetrating account of the society that gave birth to the Iliad and the Odyssey—a book that provides a vivid picture of the Greek Dark Ages, its men and women, works and days, morals and values. Long celebrated as a pathbreaking achievement in the social history of the ancient world, M.I. Finley's brilliant study remains, as classicist Bernard Knox notes in his introduction to this new edition, "as indispensable to the professional as it is accessible to the general reader"—a fundamental companion for students of Homer and Homeric Greece.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590170175
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 339,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface
Map
1 Homer and the Greeks 5
2 Bards and Heroes 18
3 Wealth and Labor 46
4 Household, Kin, and Community 71
5 Morals and Values 109
App. I The World of Odysseus Revisited 147
App. II Schliemann's Troy - One Hundred Years After 166
Bibliographical Essay 187
Index of Passages Quoted 197
General Index 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    An Invaluable Introduction to Archaic Greece

    I've assigned this book to Ancient Civ. students since ever I've been teaching. It's a book that caught my own interest in Mycenaean and Dark Age Greece twenty years ago, and it's invaluable-- gracefully and powerfully written, and done by one of the finest (if sometimes idiosyncratic) ancient historians of our day. It needs to be read alongside good translations of Homer...and given to anyone who enthuses a bit much about the film 'Troy'.

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