Homer and the Epic
A Shortened Version of 'The Songs of Homer'
By (author) G. S. Kirk
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Homer and the Epic by G. S. Kirk
Book DescriptionThis is a shortened and rearranged version of The Songs of Homer, Professor Kirk's vivid and comprehensive account of the background and development of the Homeric poems and of their quality as literature. His purpose remains the same: to develop a comprehensive and unified view of the nature of the Iliad and the Odyssey, of their relation to the oral heroic poetry of the Greek Dark Age, and of their creation as poems by two great singers in the eighth century BC. The essential attitudes and arguments of the earlier work have been retained, but the whole has been reduced in detail by some two-fifths. The sections on the historical background, the possibilities of Achaean and Aeolic epic, and the technical aspects of the language have been abbreviated most, and those dealing with oral poetry and the Iliad and Odyssey as literature least of all. Professor Kirk has also changed the order and increased the number of chapters. Almost all the Greek is translated, and the new version can be more easily used by those who are primarily interested in classics in translation, comparative literature, oral poetry, or the epic in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521093569
(210mm x 148mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1965
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author G. S. Kirk
Heraclitus, Paperback (February 2010)
A text and study of Heraclitus' philosophical utterances whose subject is the world as a whole rather than man and his part in it.
Homer and the Oral Tradition, Paperback (February 2010)
In this 1976 volume, Geoffrey Kirk considers the nature of oral and epic poetry, and the meaning of an oral tradition.
Songs of Homer, Paperback (February 2005)
A vivid and comprehensive account of the Homeric poems and their quality as literature.
Iliad: A Commentary: Volume 3, Books 9-12, Paperback (February 1993)» View all books by G. S. Kirk
The third volume in the major six-volume Commentary on Homer's Iliad.
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