The Songs of Homer
By (author) G. S. Kirk
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Songs of Homer by G. S. Kirk
Book DescriptionThe literature of the western world begins with one of its greatest achievements. The stories of the wrath of Achilles and its consequences, and of the wanderings of Odysseus, have been admired from ancient times to the present day. The two great epics can be read and enjoyed, unreflectingly, as tales of adventure; or they can be studied as literature, yielding, as insight and understanding grow, a deeper and more permanent pleasure. Professor Kirk's book is the means to this pleasure. It is a vivid and comprehensive account of the background and development of the Homeric poems and of their quality as literature. The epics are seen primarily as oral poetry, sung for centuries by illiterate singers; and from this view rises discussion of the problems of authorship and transmission. The historical, archaeological and linguistic evidence is also examined; and the possible contributions of the Mycenaean period and of the subsequent Dark Age are shown in a fresh light.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521619189
(216mm x 138mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author G. S. Kirk
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.
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.
Iliad: A Commentary: Volume 3, Books 9-12, Paperback (February 1993)
The third volume in the major six-volume Commentary on Homer's Iliad.
Iliad: A Commentary: Volume 6, Books 21-24, Paperback (February 1993)» View all books by G. S. Kirk
This is the sixth and final volume of the major Commentary on Homer's Iliad issued under the General Editorship of Professor G. S. Kirk.
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