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


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.
Contents: Kostas Myrsiades: Why Teach Homer? – John Miles Foley: «Reading Homer» through Oral Tradition – Damian Stocking: Res Agens: Towards an Ontology of the Homeric Self – Kalliopi Nikolopoulou: Feet, Fate, and Finitude: On Standing and Inertia in the Iliad – Casey Dué: Learning Lessons from the Trojan War: Briseis and the Theme of Force – Matthew Clark: Poulydamas and Hektor – William Duffy: Aias and the Gods – Joe Wilson: Homer and the Will of Zeus – Rick M. Newton: Assembly and Hospitality in the Cyclôpeia – Mihoko Zuzuki: Rewriting the Odyssey in the Twenty-First Century: Mary Zimmerman’s Odyssey and Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad.