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Essays offer a critical analysis of Homer's works, including "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad"
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Gr 10 Up--From its annotated table of contents to its chronology, recommendations for further research, and index, this book is packed with information and ideas suitable for sparking independent thinking and discussion among readers encountering the great Greek epics for the first time. The 16 essays are excerpted from long-established works by distinguished historians and scholars of the Classical period, including Cedric H. Whitman, Edith Hamilton, Simone Weil, and Mark P. O. Morford. Each essay is preceded by an introduction that summarizes its principal ideas; supplementary facts and quotations are inserted within the text for further clarification. Every selection focuses on a specific aspect of the three main topics: "Homer: His Style, Language and Outlook," "The Iliad: Its Text, Themes, and Characters," and "The Odyssey: Its Text, Themes, and Characters." Altogether they make up a useful compendium of reliable critical conversation. The editor's readable introduction and his essay, "Tales from the Age of Heroes: Homer and His Epic Poems," set out clearly the purpose and features of the book and the historical background of Homeric literature. An unfortunate omission is the lack of any reference to the much-praised recent translations by Robert Fagles of The Iliad (1990) and The Odyssey (1996; both Viking). Nevertheless, the book is a potentially valuable companion for contemporary youth struggling to understand Homer's art and the world from which it came.
Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA
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