This book offers students of Greek and scholars interested in Greek literature the first English-language commentary on the “Battle of Frogs and Mice”, a short animal epic ascribed to Homer in the ancient world. The book includes a contextualizing introduction covering issues of literary genre, literary history and the language of Homeric Greek. In addition to a revised Greek text, the volume also offers a new translation of the poem. The commentary furbanishes readers with extensive linguistic and literary information so that they may investigate the problem of the poem's character and authorship on their own. A full vocabulary at the back ensures this is a one-stop shop for students reading the poem.
About the Author
Joel P. Christensen is Associate Professor of Classics at Brandeis University, USA. He is co-author, with Elton T. E. Barker, of Homer: A Beginner's Guide (2013).
Erik Robinson is a Latin Teacher at Brandeis High School San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Table of Contents
a. Preface b. Date and Authorship 1
c. Manuscript Tradition d. Our Poem e. The Tradition of Fable f. Epic Parody g. Parodic Epic h. Homeric Language and Meter i. Date and Authorship 2
j. A Note on Translation k. Works Cited