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Table of Contents

Introduction 1: Looking for Homer 2: Textual clues 3: Material clues 4: The poet in the poems 5: The wrath of Achilles 6: A poem about Troy 7: The tragedy of Hector 8: The man of many turns 9: Women and monsters 10: An infernal journey References Further reading Index

About the Author

Professor Barbara Graziosi teaches classics at Durham University. She is the author of Inventing Homer (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and together with Johannes Haubold she wrote Homer: The Resonance of Epic (Duckworth, 2005), and completed a commentary on Iliad 6 for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (Cambridge University press, 2010). Together with Emily Greenwood she edited Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon (Oxford University Press, 2007), and she co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies (2009), along with George Boys-Stones and Phiroze Vasunia.


The author has perfectly mastered the material under investigation and, even when speaking of allusions in the Homeric text to other myths, she does not generally force the interpretation in an attempt to establish improbable chronologies... it is easy to appreciate Graziosi's clarity of presentation and ability to offer precise and brief definitions... the book constitutes not only an accurate critical evaluation of Homeric studies for the benefit of scholars, but also a valuable and accessible introduction to the subject for non-specialist readers. * Carmine Pisano, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
An excellent, up-to-date, synthesis. * Lucia Marchini, Minerva *
Graziosi's stimulating account of that resonance in such a short, up-to-date and readable book makes this the perfect introduction to Homer. * Times Literary Supplement *
clear, beautifully written, enthusiasm-radiating volume * Times Higher Education *

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