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Homer: Odyssey: A Companion to the Translation of Richmond Lattimore (Classics Companions)
by Homer
Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Duckworth Publishers
Weight: 0.71 pound
Dimension: H: 0.55 x L: 8.43 x W: 5.43 inches
ISBN 10: 1853990388
ISBN 13: 9781853990380
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Book Description:
This series of 'Companions' is designed for readers who approach the authors of the ancient world with little or no knowledge of Latin or Greek, or of the classical world. The commentaries accompany readily available translations, and the series should be of value to students of Classical Civilization Studies for GCSE and A Level and at university. Students of ancient history should also find useful the commentary on some of their source materials. Each volume in the series includes the following: an introduction to the author and his work, with reference to scholarly views; a commentary providing explanation of detail, historical background, and a discussion of difficult or key passages; and periodic summaries of situation or content. This book provides a line by line commentary on Homer's 'Odyssey' that explains the factual details, mythological allusions, and Homeric conventions that a student or general reader could not be expected to bring to an initial encounter with the 'Odyssey'. It also illuminates epic style, Homer's methods of composition, the structure of work, and his characterization. An introduction describes the features of oral poetry and looks at the history of the text of the 'Odyssey'.


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