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Songs of Homer

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ISBN-10: 0521619181

ISBN-13: 9780521619189

Edition: 2005

Authors: G. S. Kirk

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The literature of the western world begins with one of its greatest achievements. The stories of the wrath of Achilles and its consequences, and of the wanderings of Odysseus, have been admired from ancient times to the present day. The two great epics can be read and enjoyed, unreflectingly, as tales of adventure; or they can be studied as literature, yielding, as insight and understanding grow, a deeper and more permanent pleasure. Professor Kirk's book is the means to this pleasure. It is a vivid and comprehensive account of the background and development of the Homeric poems and of their quality as literature. The epics are seen primarily as oral poetry, sung for centuries by illiterate…    
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Book details

List price: $63.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The Historical Background of the Homeric Poems
The rise of Mycenae
The Linear B tablets and life in a late Mycenaean palace-state
From the Mycenaean decline to the time of Homer
The Oral Poet and his Methods
Introductory
Heroic Age and heroic poetry
The language of formulas in Homer
The oral tradition and the advent of writing
The oral poet's use of established themes
Originality and the formular method
The comparative study of the oral epic in Yugoslavia
The life-cycle of an oral tradition
Oral dictated texts
The Growth of the Oral Epic in Greece
The evidence for Mycenaean epic
The poetical possibilities of the Dark Age
Dark Age elements and Aeolic elements
Plurality and Unity in Homer
Subjects and styles
The cultural and linguistic amalgam
The archaeological criterion
The criterion of language
Structural anomalies in the Iliad
Structural anomalies in the Odyssey
The overriding unity
The Development and Transmission of the Great Poems
The circumstances of Homeric composition
'Homer' and his region
Audiences and occasions
The date of the poems
The relationship of the Iliad and Odyssey
The crucial phases of transmission
Stages of development
The Songs and their Qualities
The Iliad
The Odyssey
Man, fate and action: some special qualities of the Homeric poems