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Homer : Poet of the Iliad - Mark W. Edwards


Poet of the Iliad

Paperback Published: 19th February 1990
ISBN: 9780801840166
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Homer: Poet of the "Iliad" is the perfect companion both for readers deepening their appreciation of the poem and its form and for those encountering Homer's work for the first time. Mark Edwards combines the advantages of a general introduction and a detailed commentary to make the insights of recent Homeric scholarship accessible to students and general readers as well as to classicists.

Since interpretation of the epic requires an understanding of the ancient oral tradition and its conventions, Edwards offers a comprehensive analysis of the poetics of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He also discusses essential elements of Homeric society -- its religion, history, and social values -- to clarify the style and substance of the poetry. In the second half of the book, Edwards's scene-by-scene explication of ten major books of the Iliad leads the reader to a greater perception of Homer's mastery and manipulation of convention.

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Edwards makes reading Homer exciting and meaningful. He's alert to every aspect of his subject, including the problem of translations. His book is an indispensable companion for anyone keen on drawing from this great source of wisdom and delight. * Christian Science Monitor *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Purpose and Plan of This Bookp. 1
Homeric Style: Some Basic Featuresp. 2
The Scale and Structure of the Poemsp. 7
Characteristics of Homeric Poetry
The Bard, Oral Poetry, and Our Present Textp. 15
The Bard in Homerp. 16
Homer the Singerp. 19
The Techniques of Oral Poetryp. 21
The Establishment of the Textp. 23
Narrative: The Poet's Voicep. 29
Languagep. 42
Meter and Formulaep. 45
Word Order and Emphasisp. 55
Story Patterns and Use of Mythp. 61
Large-Scale Story Patternsp. 62
Small-Scale Patternsp. 64
Homer's Adaptation of Mythp. 67
Type-Scenes and Expansionp. 71
Battle Scenesp. 78
Descriptionp. 82
Speeches, Soliloquies, and Characterizationp. 88
Speechesp. 89
Soliloquiesp. 94
Characterizationp. 96
Paradigms and Aphorismsp. 98
Similesp. 102
Metaphorsp. 111
Symbolismp. 114
Soundp. 117
Word Play and Significant Namesp. 120
Gods, Fate, and Mortalityp. 124
The Gods as the Religion of the Charactersp. 125
The Gods as a Compositional Devicep. 131
Mortals and the Godsp. 138
Personification and Psychologyp. 143
Honor, Proper Behavior, and Warfarep. 149
Honorp. 150
The Proper Way to Behavep. 152
Warfarep. 154
History and Societyp. 159
Ionia in the Time of Homerp. 160
Archaisms from the Mycenaean Agep. 163
Society and Weapons in the Homeric Poemsp. 164
Iliad Book 1p. 173
The Proem (1-12a)p. 174
The Priest's Appeal and the Plague (12b-52)p. 176
The Assembly and the Quarrel (53-305)p. 178
Achilles and Thetis (306-492)p. 182
The Assembly of the Gods (493-611)p. 184
Iliad Book 3p. 188
Challenge to a Duel (1-120)p. 190
Helen and Priam on the Wall (121-244)p. 191
The Duel and the Rescue (245-382)p. 194
Helen and Paris (383-461)p. 195
Iliad Book 6p. 198
The Battle Continues (1-118)p. 200
Diomedes and Glaucus (119-236)p. 201
Hector with Hecuba and with Helen (237-368)p. 206
Hector and Andromache (369-529)p. 208
Iliad Book 9p. 214
The Greeks Decide to Approach Achilles (1-181)p. 216
The Three Envoys and Their Reception (182-221)p. 218
Odysseus's Speech and Achilles' Response (222-431)p. 221
Phoenix, Meleager, and Achilles (432-622a)p. 224
Ajax and Achilles, and the Envoys' Return (622b-713)p. 229
The Significance of Achilles' Decisionp. 231
Iliad Book 13p. 238
Iliad Book 14p. 246
The Greek Council (1-152)p. 246
The Beguiling of Zeus (153-353)p. 247
Poseidon Rallies the Greeks (354-15.4a)p. 250
Zeus Awakens (15.4b-261)p. 251
Iliad Book 16p. 254
Achilles and Patroclus (1-100)p. 257
Patroclus Prepares for Battle (101-256)p. 259
Patroclus and Sarpedon (257-683)p. 261
The Death of Patroclus (684-867)p. 263
Iliad Book 18p. 267
The Mourning of Achilles (1-147)p. 270
The Recovery of Patroclus's Body (148-242)p. 273
Hector's Decision (243-313)p. 274
The Lament for Patroclus (314-67)p. 275
Thetis Visits Hephaestus (368-477)p. 276
The Shield of Achilles (478-616)p. 278
Iliad Book 22p. 287
Preliminaries to the Duel (1-91)p. 290
Hector's Soliloquy (92-130)p. 291
Hector's Flight before Achilles (131-213)p. 292
Achilles' Victory (214-404)p. 295
The First Laments for Hector (405-515)p. 298
Iliad Book 24p. 301
Achilles' Continuing Grief (1-142)p. 304
Preparations for the Ransoming (143-321)p. 306
Priam's Journey to Achilles (322-468)p. 306
Priam and Achilles (469-676)p. 308
The Funeral of Hector (677-804)p. 313
Afterword: The World-view of Homerp. 317
Bibliographyp. 325
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780801840166
ISBN-10: 0801840163
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 19th February 1990
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57