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Homer: Iliad Book III By Homer

Homer: Iliad Book III by Homer

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Book III is one of the most diverse in the Iliad. This edition discusses the historical, literary and religious backgrounds to the work and gives a full historical account of Homeric language. The commentary explores the styles of Homeric narrative as well as providing linguistic and metrical help.

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Homer: Iliad Book III by Homer

One of the most diverse books in the Iliad, Book III moves between intimate scenes in the heart of Troy and scenes serious and comic on the battlefield. It describes a major ritual in an elaborate oath-swearing, assigns a major role to divine intervention, introduces and characterises the main Trojan actors and reveals more about their Greek counterparts. The commentary discusses the styles of Homeric narrative, illustrating especially its economy and sophisticated handling of different time-scales. It situates the Iliad in its broad cultural and historical contexts, through consideration of the relationships between Greece and the Anatolian, Mesopotamian and ancient Indian cultures, particularly regarding shared story-patterns and ritual activity. An account is given of Troy's relationships with the Hittite empire and the vexed question of the historicity of the Trojan War. Also provided is a full historical account of Homeric language. The edition will be indispensable for students and instructors.

About Homer

A. M. Bowie is Emeritus Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature at Queen's College, Oxford. He has produced two other editions in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series on books of Herodotus' Histories (Cambridge, 2007) and Homer's Odyssey (Cambridge, 2014) and has over forty years' experience teaching Latin and Greek language and literature to students at a variety of levels. He has also published widely on Indo-European and Near Eastern (Sumerian, Akkadian, Achaemenid) cultures, Indo-European linguistics, comparative literature and modern literary theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction; ; Commentary; Glossary.

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Homer: Iliad Book III by Homer
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