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By Nicholas Richardson, G. S. Kirk

This can be the 6th and ultimate quantity of the foremost remark on Homer's Iliad now being ready less than the final Editorship of Professor G. S. Kirk. It discusses the final 4 books of the poem intimately, and its major function is to assist readers to understand the poetic and narrative features of the paintings. there isn't any different examine equivalent to this in scale and element in English. The creation additionally discusses the constitution and major subject matters of the poem, its dating to the Odyssey, and how within which the Homeric poems have been interpreted in antiquity. The Greek textual content isn't incorporated. This quantity encompasses a consolidated index of the Greek phrases in all six volumes.

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His own work may be viewed as a philosophical alternative to traditional literary forms, especially epic and drama, and his own myths as designed to replace those of Homer and Hesiod. At the end of the Republic (614B2-3) the story of Er is said to be 'not a tale told to Alkinoos, but rather that of a courageous man . . * (oO . . 'AXidvou ye dnrôAoyov . . ). Homeric fiction gives way to a tale which conveys philosophical truth in mythical form. Allegory for Plato, although he plays with this method from time to time, is no answer to the problem of poetry.

212). Both names suggest that they represent types. The scenes involving them offer interludes of comic relief. They are dose in tone and content to the Odyss , and it is significant that Odysseus is prominent in both of them. The episode with Thersites resembles the boxing-match in which he beats up the beggar Iros (Od. 1-107; *** a k ° o n 23*7®4)i the Doloneia displays his special Odyssean skills in deception. In the Games for Patroklos we meet a similar comic character from a lower order of society, Epeios (the carpenter of the Wooden Horse) in the boxing and weight-throwing events (see on 653-99,665,840).

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