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'. Volume 3 examines Greek polities of this period before returning to the poems themselves, their plots, characters and the beauty of their language.
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.
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Classics : Book 2
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.69