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The Cambridge Companion to Homer

by Robert Fowler (Editor)

Other authors: Richard Buxton (Contributor), Matthew Clark (Contributor), Michael Clarke (Contributor), Ken Dowden (Contributor), Joseph Farrell (Contributor)16 more, Nancy Felson (Contributor), John Miles Foley (Contributor), Jaspar Griffin (Contributor), Lorna Hardwick (Contributor), Richard L. Hunter (Contributor), Emily Kearns (Contributor), Donald Lateiner (Contributor), Robin Osborne (Contributor), James I. Porter (Contributor), Ruth Scodel (Contributor), Michael Silk (Contributor), Laura M. Slatkin (Contributor), George Steiner (Contributor), Timothy Webb (Contributor), Penelope Wilson (Contributor), Vanda Zajko (Contributor)

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The Cambridge Companion to Homer is a guide to the essential aspects of Homeric criticism and scholarship, including the reception of the poems in ancient and modern times. Written by an international team of scholars, it is intended to be the first port of call for students at all levels, with introductions to important subjects and suggestions for further exploration. Alongside traditional topics like the Homeric Question, the divine apparatus of the poems, the formulae, the characters and the archaeological background, there are detailed discussions of similes, speeches, the poet as story-teller and the genre of epic both within Greece and worldwide. The reception chapters include assessments of ancient Greek and Roman readings as well as selected modern interpretations from the eighteenth century to the present day. Chapters on Homer in English translation and 'Homer' in the history of ideas round out the collection.… (more)

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Anyone who loves Homer should definitely read this book as a required followup.

However, the scholarly writers in the book should make a token effort at being more readable/accessible and less arcane and abstruse. After all their objective is to explain the material.

And yet, still, it is a must read. ( )
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Fowler, RobertEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buxton, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, MatthewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowden, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farrell, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Felson, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foley, John MilesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Griffin, JasparContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hardwick, LornaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunter, Richard L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kearns, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lateiner, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Osborne, RobinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, James I.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scodel, RuthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silk, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Slatkin, Laura M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steiner, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Webb, TimothyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, PenelopeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zajko, VandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Cambridge Companion to Homer is a guide to the essential aspects of Homeric criticism and scholarship, including the reception of the poems in ancient and modern times. Written by an international team of scholars, it is intended to be the first port of call for students at all levels, with introductions to important subjects and suggestions for further exploration. Alongside traditional topics like the Homeric Question, the divine apparatus of the poems, the formulae, the characters and the archaeological background, there are detailed discussions of similes, speeches, the poet as story-teller and the genre of epic both within Greece and worldwide. The reception chapters include assessments of ancient Greek and Roman readings as well as selected modern interpretations from the eighteenth century to the present day. Chapters on Homer in English translation and 'Homer' in the history of ideas round out the collection.

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