A Student Guide for Homer: The Odyssey by Jasper Griffin PDF

By Jasper Griffin

ISBN-10: 0511166044

ISBN-13: 9780511166044

ISBN-10: 052183211X

ISBN-13: 9780521832113

This useful consultant to The Odyssey introduces scholars to a textual content which has been primary to literature for almost 3,000 years. supplying a precis of the poem and interpreting its constitution, Jasper Griffin truly outlines the solidarity, values and strategies of the poem, in addition to the explanations for its longstanding charm. scholars will notice the fundamental topics of loyalty and betrayal, and may be guided in the course of the narrative of Odysseus' adventures, as well as a worthy advisor to extra examining. First version Hb (1987): 0-521-32804-7 First variation Pb (1987): 0-521-31043-1

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First Zenodotus (born c. ) and then, at the end of the tradition, Aristarchus (c. ) produced texts which indicated lines which, on the evidence of manuscripts or on other grounds, they regarded as interpolated or corrupt. C. that the ‘wild’ texts of Homer, bristling with extra lines, cease to be produced. The reading public was now aware that scholarly texts existed, and the book trade was producing a more or less standard article, which is essentially the text found in the medieval manuscripts of Homer and in our printed editions.

C. C. The first Ptolemaic kings of Egypt were great collectors of books and of scholars, and the combination of both in one place made possible a new level of scholarly activity. First Zenodotus (born c. ) and then, at the end of the tradition, Aristarchus (c. ) produced texts which indicated lines which, on the evidence of manuscripts or on other grounds, they regarded as interpolated or corrupt. C. that the ‘wild’ texts of Homer, bristling with extra lines, cease to be produced. The reading public was now aware that scholarly texts existed, and the book trade was producing a more or less standard article, which is essentially the text found in the medieval manuscripts of Homer and in our printed editions.

In the Nibelungenlied, for instance, the name ‘Nibelungs’ is transferred, in the middle of the poem, from one set of characters to their enemies, with no explanation given; in the Irish epic of the Tain we find a princess marrying Cuchulainn after her death has been described. On the whole it must be said that our Odyssey is remarkably coherent, not only by the standards of oral epic, but also by those of any literature. 7 How the poem comes down to us We saw in section 5 that mystery surrounds the original writing down of the Homeric poems.

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