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Homer: The Odyssey

2nd Edition

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Part of Landmarks of World Literature (New)

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511162497

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  • This handy guide to The Odyssey will introduce students to a text, which has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years. Readers will be introduced to the world in that the Odyssey was produced, to the text itself and to its origins in oral poetry. This volume gives a summary of the poem and examines its structure. The unity, values and techniques of the poem are clearly outlined, as are the reasons for its longstanding appeal. This guide delves into the diverse world of the story; that of monsters, gods, and enchantresses which interacts with the very different world of the home, marriage and the family. Students will be introduced to the essential themes of loyalty and betrayal, and guided through the narrative of Odysseus' adventures, which also illustrate the workings of the world and the justice of heaven. Readers will also find a very helpful guide to further reading.

    • New edition of a widely used and helpful guide to one of the greatest works of world literature - including a fully updated guide to further reading
    • This introduction examines the significant after-life of the Odyssey
    • Written by an expert in the field who has taught this text for many years
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    '… students and teachers alike will still find Griffin's Guide a lively and erudite vade mecum. Griffin's aim is to 'put the Odyssey into its historical setting, and to bring out its individual character', both of which he achieves with an admirably accessible level of high scholarship … this reprint of an outstanding little book is a must-have.' The Journal of Classics Teaching

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511162497
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Making of the Odyssey:
    1. The background of the Odyssey
    2. The date of the Odyssey
    3. Bards and oral poetry
    4. The language of the Odyssey and the 'formulaic system'
    5. Is the Odyssey an oral poem?
    6. Alternative Odysseys?
    7. How the poem comes down to us
    Part II. The Poem:
    8. Summary
    9. Translating Homer
    10. Shape and unity
    11. The epic style: grandeur and realism
    12. The epic: technique and variety
    13. The Odyssey and the Iliad
    14. Myth and folklore
    15. Some problems
    16. Men and gods
    17. Men and women
    18. Society and geography
    19. The values of the Odyssey
    Part III. The Odyssey and After:
    20. The after-life of the Odyssey
    Guide to further reading.

  • Author

    Jasper Griffin, Balliol College, Oxford

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