Homer: The Odyssey

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Fiction - 103 pages
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This handy guide to The Odyssey will introduce students to a text, which has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years. Readers will be introduced to the world in that the Odyssey was produced, to the text itself and to its origins in oral poetry. This volume gives a summary of the poem and examines its structure. The unity, values and techniques of the poem are clearly outlined, as are the reasons for its longstanding appeal. This guide delves into the diverse world of the story; that of monsters, gods, and enchantresses which interacts with the very different world of the home, marriage and the family. Students will be introduced to the essential themes of loyalty and betrayal, and guided through the narrative of Odysseus' adventures, which also illustrate the workings of the world and the justice of heaven. Readers will also find a very helpful guide to further reading.
 

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A masterful introduction to the Iliad and the Odyssey. Griffin is interested in the literary themes and ideas that drive these two classics, and what he serves up is a feast of incisive observation ... Read full review

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Contents

The making of the Odyssey
1
2 The date of the Odyssey
4
3 Bards and oral poetry
6
4 The language of the Odyssey and the formulaic system
13
5 Is the Odyssey an oral poem?
22
6 Alternative Odysseys?
24
7 How the poem comes down to us
30
The poem
34
technique and variety
52
13 The Odyssey and the Iliad
60
14 Myth and folklore
66
15 Some problems
71
16 Men and gods
74
17 Men and women
78
18 Society and geography
83
19 The values of the Odyssey
90

9 Translating Homer
38
10 Shape and unity
43
grandeur and realism
47
The Odyssey and after
95
Guide to further reading
101
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