This concise book is a complete and contemporary introduction toHomer and his two master-works, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Itexplains the “Homeric Question,” illuminating itscurrent status, and critiques the literary qualities of theIliad and the Odyssey, analyzing and contrastingtheir plotting, narrative technique, and characterization.
- Provides historical background and literary readings ofThe Iliad and The Odyssey
- New to the second edition: a section on Homer’s receptionin ancient Greece; a chapter on Homer and archaeology; additionalmaps; an updated bibliography; a glossary of key terms; andinformation on the oral composition of the poems
- Text is updated throughout
- Assumes no prior knowledge of Greek
|Series:||Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.94(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His previous publications include Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1991), A Short Introduction to Classical Myth (2001), Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature (2002), Classical Myth (fourth edition, 2004), and The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (with Ian Morris, 2005).
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the First Edition.
Part I: Background:.
1. The Philologist’s Homer.
2. The Historian’s Homer.
3. The Reader’s Homer.
Part II. The Poems:.
4. The Iliad.
5. The Odyssey.
6. Conclusion and Summary: Homer's Complementary Poems.
Part III: Reception:.
7. Homer and The Philosophers.
8. Homer and The Poets.
Appendix: For Further Reading.