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The The Iliad : A Commentary: Volume 4, Books 13-16: The Iliad: A Commentary: Volume 4, Books 13-16 Books 13-16 v.4 - Richard Janko

The The Iliad

A Commentary: Volume 4, Books 13-16: The Iliad: A Commentary: Volume 4, Books 13-16 Books 13-16 v.4

By: Richard Janko (Editor), G. S. Kirk (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th February 1992
ISBN: 9780521281744
Number Of Pages: 488

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This, the fourth volume in the six-volume Commentary on the Iliad being prepared under the General Editorship of Professor G. S. Kirk, covers Books 13-16, including the Battle for the Ships, the Deception of Zeus and the Death of Patroklos. Three introductory essays discuss the role of Homer's gods in his poetry; the origins and development of the epic diction; and the transmission of the text, from the bard's lips to our own manuscripts. It is now widely recognized that the first masterpiece of Western literature is an oral poem; Professor Janko's detailed commentary aims to show how this recognition can clarify many linguistic and textual problems, entailing a radical reassessment of the work of Homer's Alexandrian editors. The commentary also explores the poet's subtle creativity in adapting traditional materials, whether formulae, typical scenes, mythology, or imagery, so as best to move, inspire, and entertain his audience, ancient and modern alike. Discussion of the poem's literary qualities and structure is, where possible, kept separate from that of more technical matters.

Industry Reviews

"...extraordinary new study of Books 13-16...Janko clearly knows the Iliad (and, indeed, all early Greek poetry) inside and out, and has one interesting and insightful thing after another to say about it. This is thus an extremely important book..." S. Douglas Olson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Map of the northern Aegean
The gods in Homer: further considerations
The origins and evolution of the epic diction
The text and transmission of The Iliad
Book 13
Book 14
Book 15
Book 16
Index of Greek words
General index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521281744
ISBN-10: 0521281741
Series: Iliad : Book 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 10th February 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.95  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.72