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Iliad A Commentary

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ISBN-10: 0521281725

ISBN-13: 9780521281720

Edition: 1990

Authors: Homer, G. S. Kirk

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This is the second volume in the major six-volume commentary on the Iliad now being prepared under Professor Kirk's direction. The volume consists of four introductory essays followed by the commentary itself (the Greek text is not included). This project is the first large-scale commentary on the Iliad for nearly 100 years, and takes special account of language, style, and thematic structure while examining the complex social and cultural background of Homer's epic.
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Book details

List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/7/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
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…    

Intrroduction
The Homeric gods: prior considerations
Typical motifs and scenes
The speech-element in The Iliad
History and fiction in The Iliad
Commentary
Book 5
Book 6
Book 7
Book 8
Index