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Homer

Homer

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ISBN : 9780521859837
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256 pages
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Books XVII and XVIII of the Odyssey feature, among other episodes, the disguised Odysseus penetration of his home after an absence of twenty years and his first encounter with his wife. The commentary provides linguistic and syntactical guidanceMoreBooks XVII and XVIII of the Odyssey feature, among other episodes, the disguised Odysseus penetration of his home after an absence of twenty years and his first encounter with his wife. The commentary provides linguistic and syntactical guidance suitable for upper-level students along with detailed consideration of Homers compositional and narrative techniques, his literary artistry and the poems central themes. An extensive introduction considers questions of formulaic composition, the nature of the poems audience and the context of its performance, and isolates the concerns most prominent in the poems second half and in Books XVII and XVIII in particular. Here too are considered the roles of Penelope and Telemachus, questions of disguise and recognition, and the institution of hospitality flaunted by the suitors in Odysseus halls. Brief sections also discuss Homeric metre and the transmission of the text.