Oxford Readings in Homers Iliad

Paperback | January 1, 2002

EditorDouglas L. Cairns

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This anthology makes accessible to the reader sixteen of the most important studies of Homer and the Iliad to appear in the last forty years. The essays, by leading Homeric scholars from Great Britain, the United States, and Europe, deal not only with the aesthetics and artistry of the Iliadas a poetic artefact, but with its historical context, its cultural background, and its ethical and political framework. Other major topics include the relation between the Iliad and other early epics (the Odyssey, the Epic Cycle), the interface between epic and other genres, such as tragedy, andthe complex interaction that exists between the Iliad and the wider traditions of oral poetry and mythical narrative in which it belongs.Two of the contributions have been translated especially for this volume; several have been thoroughly revised and updated, and others are provided with Addenda taking account of recent work in the field. In a detailed and wide-ranging introduction Douglas Cairns sets the contributions in thecontext of contemporary scholarship and explores significant connections between them. All Greek is translated and a glossary of transliterated Greek terms is provided.

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This anthology makes accessible to the reader sixteen of the most important studies of Homer and the Iliad to appear in the last forty years. The essays, by leading Homeric scholars from Great Britain, the United States, and Europe, deal not only with the aesthetics and artistry of the Iliadas a poetic artefact, but with its historical...

Lecturer in Classics, University of Glasgow

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:516 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Ian Morris: The Use and Abuse of Homer2. Walter Burkert: The Making of Homer3. R. B. Rutherford: From the Iliad to the Odyssey4. Richard Gaskin: Do Homeric Heroes Make Real Decisions?5. Albin Lesky: Divine and Human Causation in Homeric Epic6. Douglas L. Cairns: Affronts and Quarrels in the Iliad7. Malcolm Schofield: Euboulia in the Iliad8. R. B. Rutherford: Tragic Form and Feeling in the Iliad9. C. W. Macleod: Homer on Poetry and the Poetry of Homer10. Jean-Pierre Vernant: A 'Beautiful Death' and the Disfigured Corpse11. Oliver Taplin: The Shield of Achilles within the Iliad12. Jasper Griffin: The Epic Cycle and the Uniqueness of Homer13. Wolfgang Kullmann: Past and Future in the Iliad14. Laura M. Slatkin: The Wrath of Thetis15. M. M. Willcock: Mythological Paradigms in the Iliad16. James Redfield: The Proem of the Iliad: Homer's Art17. Irene J. F. de Jong: Iliad I. 366-92: A Mirror Story