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Iliad A Commentary

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ISBN-10: 0521281741

ISBN-13: 9780521281744

Edition: 1992

Authors: Homer, Richard Janko, G. S. Kirk

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This, the fourth volume in the six-volume Commentary on the Iliad being prepared under the General Editorship of Professor G. S. Kirk, covers Books 13-16, including the Battle for the Ships, the Deception of Zeus and the Death of Patroklos. Three introductory essays discuss the role of Homer's gods in his poetry; the origins and development of the epic diction; and the transmission of the text, from the bard's lips to our own manuscripts. It is now widely recognized that the first masterpiece of Western literature is an oral poem; Professor Janko's detailed commentary aims to show how this recognition can clarify many linguistic and textual problems, entailing a radical reassessment of the…    
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List price: $80.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/12/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.98" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.452
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…    

Map of the northern Aegean
The gods in Homer: further considerations
The origins and evolution of the epic diction
The text and transmission of The Iliad
Book 13
Book 14
Book 15
Book 16
Index of Greek words
General index