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Homer: Iliad I-XII (Bks.1-12) [Paperback]

By Malcom M. Willcock (Editor)
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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2009
Publisher   Duckworth Publishing
ISBN  185399507X  
EAN  9781853995071  


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The 'red Macmillan' "Iliad "in the edition of W. Leaf, which had served since the 1880s, was replaced by this classic two-volume edition of M.M. Willcock. Coverage of twelve books of the" Iliad" in each volume demands a concise introduction and commentary. The editor also includes, for example, mention of significant aspects of Homeric diction more fully in the early lines of each book, so that the student may begin on any particular line. Although the book is designed for students at sixth form and undergraduates, the tight compass of these books does not prevent the editor engaging in - or referring to - problems of composition or text addressed by more advanced scholars.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives.

He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer - the Iliad and the Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time.

In the Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller's tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope.

We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact 'Homer' may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps 'the hostage' or 'the blind one'. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years' time.

Martin Hammond is headmaster of the Tonbridge School and has translated Homer's Iliad for Penguin Classics.

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Good for intermediate Greek students  Oct 13, 2007
Great book, has a good commentary in the back, which helps students with most of the unusual forms (especially when Kirk's commentary is useless, as it usually is), but not perfect, since sometimes I still had to be creative in determining what the root of a verb was. Also, it doesn't contain an apparatus at the bottom, so if you're unsure about why a specific form is in the text, you won't know if somebody else shared your observation. The binding could be much better. If you're using this book to translate, rather than to just read the Iliad, be aware that pages might start falling out, as they did for me, since I needed them open for a while, in order to translate. Other than that, the book is very useful.
 
A Fine Homer Text  Sep 14, 2005
This text provides notes very suitable for non-professional students of Homer, providing not only background information where necessary, but also grammar helps that anticipate well identification problems a beginning student of Homeric greek may have. Only a glossary of vocabulary could make this text better. (No matter, however, as Homeric dictionaries are easily available, both in print form and online.) If you want to read Homer in Greek, buy this book.
 

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