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Iliad A Commentary

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ISBN-10: 0521281717

ISBN-13: 9780521281713

Edition: 1985

Authors: Homer, G. S. Kirk

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This is the first volume of a projected six-volume Commentary on Homer's Iliad, under the General Editorship of professor G. S. Kirk. Professor Kirk himself is the editor of the present volume, which covers the first four Books of Iliad. It consists of four introductory chapters, dealing in particular with rhythm and formular techniques, followed by the detailed commentary which aims at helping serious readers by attempting to identify and deal with most of the difficulties which might stand in the way of a sensitive and informed response to the poem. The Catalogues in Book 2 recieve especially full treatment. The book does not include a Greek text - important matters pertaining to the text…    
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Book details

List price: $56.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/28/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts…    

List of maps
Preface
Abbreviations
Editorial introduction: the methods and aims of the commentary
Introduction
The making of the Iliad: preliminary considerations
The structural elements of Homeric verse
Aristarchus and the scholia
The first four Books of the Iliad in context
Commentary
Book 1
Book 2
Special index to commentary on the Achaean and Trojan catalogues
Book 3
Book 4
Index