Homer and the Odyssey by Suzanne SaidHomer and the Odyssey by Suzanne Said

Homer and the Odyssey

bySuzanne SaidTranslated byRuth Webb

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Who was Homer? This book takes us beyond the legends of the blind bard or the wandering poet to explore an author about whom nothing is known, except for his works. It offers a reading of the ancient biographies as clues to the reception of the Homeric poems in Antiquity and provides anintroduction to the oral tradition which lay at the source of the Homeric epics. Above all, it takes us into the world of the Odyssey, a world that lies between history and fiction. It guides the reader through a poem which rivals the modern novel in its complexity, demonstrating the unity of the poem as a whole. It defines the many and varied figures of otherness by which theGreeks of the archaic period defined themselves and underlines the values promoted by the poem's depictions of men, women, and gods. Finally, it asks why, throughout the centuries from Homer to Kazantzakis and Joyce, the hero who never forgets his homeland and dreams constantly of return has neverceased to be the incarnation of what it is to be human. This translation is a revised and much expanded version of the original French text, and includes a new chapter on the representation of women in the Odyssey and an updated bibliography.

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Suzanne Said is Professor of Classics at Columbia University, New York.
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Title:Homer and the OdysseyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.49 inPublished:October 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199542856

ISBN - 13:9780199542857

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Table of Contents

PrefaceSuzanne Said: Note on TranslationsRuth Webb: 1. From 'Homer' to the Homeric Poems2. The Art of Homer: Between Tradition and Innovation3. Homer and History4. The Odyssey: narrations, narrators, and poets5. The Adventures of Telemachus6. Odysseus' Travels7. Odysseus on Ithaca8. The Human World9. Women in the Odyssey10. The World of the Gods11. The Ideology of the OdysseyConclusionBibliography