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Homer : Odyssey Books XIX and XX - Homer


Odyssey Books XIX and XX

By: Homer, R. B. Rutherford (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th June 1992
ISBN: 9780521347600
Number Of Pages: 264

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The Odyssey, besides being one of the world's first and best adventure stories, is a poem of great subtlety, rich in irony and sophisticated characterisation. The poet's art is amply illustrated by books 19 and 20, in which Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, spends the night in his own palace and lays plans for his awesome revenge. Particularly memorable is the episode in which Penelope converses with her husband without suspecting his identity. In this edition, Richard Rutherford provides not only detailed comment on the action, characterisation and style of the books in question, but also, in an extensive introduction, a general survey of the Odyssey as a whole, laying special emphasis on the qualities of the second half of the poem. He also attempts to contribute to the literary criticism of the poem on a verbal level, by considering the poet's use of formulae, rhetorical technique, and similes. This volume is intended for readers of the Odyssey at all stages. The commentary gives extensive linguistic guidance for beginners; the introduction, in which all Greek is translated, is intended to be accessible to any readers interested in Homer as a poet, whether or not they know Greek.

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"This fine commentary, with text...is more than welcome, and is distinguished by a long introduction of ninety-five pages which is remarkable both for its quality and its completeness...This is an altogether admirable book, and one from which scholars at every level should benefit." Times Literary Supplement

List of abbreviations
The poem
Transmission and technique
Metre, grammar and text
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ISBN: 9780521347600
ISBN-10: 0521347602
Series: Cambridge Greek & Latin Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th June 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.54 x 12.34  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.28

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