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Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age

Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108012072

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  • Four-time prime minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898) was also a prolific author and enthusiastic scholar of the classics. Gladstone had spent almost two decades in politics prior to his writing the three-volume Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age. This work and the preceding 'On the place of Homer in classical education and in historical inquiry' (1857), reflect Gladstone's interest in the Iliad and the Odyssey, which he read with increasing frequency from the 1830s onward and which he viewed as particularly relevant to modern society. As he relates, he has two objects in the Studies: 'to promote and extend' the study of Homer's 'immortal poems' and 'to vindicate for them … their just degree both of absolute and, more especially, of relative critical value'.

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108012072
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 101 mm
    • weight: 2.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Part I. Prolegomena:
    1. On the state of the Homeric question
    2. The place of Homer in classical education
    3. On the historic aims of Homer
    4. On the probable date of Homer
    5. The probable trustworthiness of the text of Homer
    6. Place and authority of Homer in historical inquiry
    Part II. Achaeis. Ethnology of the Greek Races:
    1. Scope of the inquiry
    2. On the Pelasgians, and cognate races
    3. The Pelasgians, and certain states naturalized of akin to Greece
    4. On the Phoenicians and the outer geography of the Odyssey
    5. On the Catalogue
    6. On the Hellenes of Homer
    7. On the respective contributions of the Pelasgian and Hellenic factors to the compound of the Greek nation
    8. On the three greater Homeric appellatives
    9. On the Homeric title of αναξ ανδρων
    10. On the connection of the Hellenes and Achaeans with the east
    Addenda. Volume 2:
    1. On the mixed character of the supernatural system, or theo-mythology of Homer
    2. The traditive element of the Homeric theo-mythology
    3. The inventive element of the Homeric theo-mythology
    4. The composition of the Olympian court, and the classification of the whole supernatural order in Homer
    5. The Olympian community and its members considered in themselves
    6. The Olympian community and its members considered in their influence on human society and conduct
    7. On the traces of an origin abroad for the Olympian religion
    8. The morals of the Homeric age
    9. Woman in the heroic age
    10. The office of the Homeric poems in relation to that of the early books of Holy Scripture. Volume 3: Part I. Agore, or the Polities of the Homeric Age
    Part II. Ilios, the Trojans Compared and Contrasted with the Greeks
    Part III. Thalassa, the Outer Geography of the Odyssey
    Part IV. Aoidos:
    1. On the plot of the Iliad
    2. The sense of beauty in Homer
    3. Homer's perception and use of number
    4. Homer's perception and use of colour
    5. Homer and some of his successors in epic poetry
    6. Some principal Homeric characters in Troy
    7. The declension of the great Homeric characters in the later tradition.

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    William Ewart Gladstone

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