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Approaches to Homer’s «Iliad» and «Odyssey»

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Edited By Kostas Myrsiades

Approaches to Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’ consists of ten original essays on the Iliad and Odyssey by established Homeric scholars and university professors of Greek literature and culture. The anthology offers not only fresh approaches to reading, appreciating, and understanding these Homeric epics, but also attempts to make a case why these works are still relevant in the twenty-first century. Both epics are required reading in most college/university general and world literature courses, as is evident from their inclusion in part or in whole in many standard world literature anthologies. These ten new approaches to the first literary works of Western culture are intended as reading aids for both instructors and students in any college/university classroom in which either of these two Homeric epics are taught.

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Aias and the Gods (William Duffy)

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The question 1 of the Greater Aias’2 relationship to the gods is actually two questions: what Zeus’ inconsistent behavior towards the hero means and why Aias does not receive assistance from the gods.3 The first issue is complicated by the contrad...

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