Homer: The Odyssey

Author: Jasper Griffin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521539784

Category: Fiction

Page: 103

View: 1880


This handy guide will introduce students to a text that has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years.

The Odyssey

Author: Homer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101221844

Category: Poetry

Page: 560

View: 4699


The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an edition of The Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an edition to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students. From the Hardcover edition.

Homer: The Iliad

Author: M. S. Silk

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521539968

Category: History

Page: 103

View: 1788


This volume is a distinctive critical introduction to Homer's Iliad, the earliest epic poem, and the earliest known work of literature in ancient Greece. Michael Silk deals with the poem's historical context, its composition and its extensive influence, and relates its literary power to the peculiar coherence and inter-relation of such aspects of the poem as its style, character-portrayal and ideology. This revised edition takes account of recent scholarship in the field and includes an updated guide to further reading. It is essential reading for students of literature and classics.

Odysseus, Hero of Practical Intelligence

Deliberation and Signs in Homer's Odyssey

Author: Jeffrey Barnouw

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761830269

Category: Philosophy

Page: 377

View: 7278


In dramatic representations and narrative reports of inner deliberation the Odyssey displays the workings of the human mind and its hero's practical intelligence, epitomized by anticipating consequences and controlling his actions accordingly. Once his hope of returning home as husband, father and king is renewed on Calypso's isle, Odysseus shows a consistent will to focus on this purpose and subordinate other impulses to it. His fabled cleverness is now fully engaged in a gradually emerging plan, as he thinks back from that final goal through a network of means to achieve it. He relies on "signs" inferences in the form "if this, then that" as defined by the Stoic Chrysippus and the nature of his intelligence is thematically underscored through contrast with others' recklessness, that is, failure to heed signs or reckon consequences. In Homeric deliberation, the mind is torn between competing options or intentions, not between "reason" and "desire." The lack of distinct opposing faculties and hierarchical organization in the Homeric mind, far from archaic simplicity, prefigures the psychology of Chrysippus, who cites deliberation scenes from the Odyssey against Plato's hierarchical tri-partite model. From the Stoics, there follows a psychological tradition leading through Hobbes and Leibniz, to Peirce and Dewey. These thinkers are drawn upon to show the significance of the conception of "thinking" first articulated in the Odyssey. Homer's work inaugurates an approach that has provoked philosophical conflict persisting into the present, and opposition to pragmatism and Pragmatism can be discerned in prominent critiques of Homer and his hero which are analyzed and countered in this study."

JACT Review

The Journal of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Classical philology

Page: N.A

View: 1353



Formular Economy in Homer

The Poetics of the Breaches

Author: Rainer Friedrich

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh

ISBN: 9783515090650

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 159

View: 1005


The principle of formular economy is to protect an oral poet's thesaurus of formulas against overload through the avoidance of metrical doublets. Being specific to oral poetry, it serves as the chief criterion for determining the orality of a text (known as the `economy test of orality'). Parryism's Theory of the Oral Homer is predicated on the assumption of the poet's strict observance of this principle. This study, examining the hitherto untested Parryist assumption, reveals a high frequency of breaches of economy in Homer, and demonstrates that these are for the most part motivated by poetic considerations. It arrives at the conclusion that formular economy and the resulting schematized diction are residual in the Homeric epics where they yield to a largely schema-free style of composition.

The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History of the World

Author: Lincoln Paine

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1782393579

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 7218


A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that reveals in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar

Author: James B Greenough,J. H. Allen

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486131041

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 512

View: 5026


A venerable resource for more than a century, this is the finest Latin grammar reference available. Concise, comprehensive, and well organized, it places a wealth of advice on usage, vocabulary, diction, composition, and syntax.