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Homer and the Odyssey (Suzanne Said Ruth Webb) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2011) 9780199542840
Homer and the Odyssey (Suzanne Said Ruth Webb) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2011) 9780199542840
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Title: Homer and the Odyssey

Author: Said, Suzanne Ruth Webb

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2011

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199542840

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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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 an introduction 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 the Greeks 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 never ceased 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. Table of ContentsPreface Suzanne SaidNote on Translations Ruth Webb1. 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
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