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.
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.
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Classics : Book 3
Number Of Pages: 648
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.81