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"Blood and Iron" is an exploration of the role of gossip, rumor and storytelling in the society depicted in the "Odyssey" and in the real world in which the poem was performed. It includes extensive analysis of Homeric narrative technique, with particular attention to the way the singer creates tension in a largely traditional tale. Individual chapters treat discrete, generally very traditional literary and historical problems, including the significance of the term "kleos," the presentation of Telemachos, the internal chronology of the poem, the nature of Homeric kingship, and the role of violence in the ancient Greek family. The book will be of importance for anyone interested in the literary content or storytelling technique of Homeric epic, as well for historians of the late Dark Ages.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: S. Douglas Olson
Publisher: BRILL
Release: 1995
File: 260 Pages
ISBN-13: 9004102515

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The Odyssey, translated by T. E. Lawrence, an epic 12,000-line poem composed over 2,700 years ago, is the first adventure story in Western literature. It describes the ten-year wanderings of Odysseus in his quest to return home after the Trojan War. Hounded by the sea-god Poseidon and championed by the goddess Athene, he encounters giants, sorceresses, and sea monsters before finally reaching his beloved Ithaca. There he must endure the taunts of the Suitors to his queen, Penelope, who have taken up residence in his palace. At once enchanting fairy tale and gripping drama, the Odyssey is eminently readable, not least for the rich complexity and magnetism of its hero. An inspiration to writers as diverse as Virgil, Swift, and Joyce, the Odyssey has proved enormously influential and continues to captivate readers of all ages.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Homer
Publisher: Collector's Library
Release: 2011-03
File: 407 Pages
ISBN-13: 1904633374

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This volume assembles sixteen authoritative articles on Homer's Odyssey that have appeared over the last thirty years. A wide variety of interpretative strategies are represented, including, in addition to traditional close readings, the approaches of comparative anthropology, narratology, feminism, and audience-oriented criticism. Papers have been selected for their clarity and accessibility, and each is informed by close attention to philological and textual detail. A full glossary and list of abbreviations have been included, and a specially written introduction puts the selections in a wider context by giving an overview of major strands in the interpretation of Homer in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Lillian Eileen Doherty
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 2009
File: 360 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199233328

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Provides background information on the history and mythology of Homer's "Odyssey" and presents discussions on each of the twenty-four books of the work.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: James V. Morrison
Publisher: Greenwood
Release: 2003
File: 210 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105111826231

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A new translation of the epic poem retells the story of Odysseus's ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Homer
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 1997
File: 541 Pages
ISBN-13: 0140268863

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Genre: Greek language
Author: Homer
Publisher:
Release: 1898
File: 351 Pages
ISBN-13: OSU:32435055569743

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Genre: Greek poetry
Author: Homer
Publisher:
Release: 1806
File: Pages
ISBN-13: NYPL:33433081607354

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Presents a collection of critical essays on the ancient Greek epic that analyze its structure, characters, plot, and themes.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2007
File: 263 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791094259

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Originally commissioned for BBC Radio, Simon Armitage recasts Homer's epic as a series of dramatic dialogues. His version bristles with the economy, wit and guile that we have come to expect from one of the most individual voices of his generation.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Simon Armitage
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release: 2010-11-25
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780571261796

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The Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus act as a prism for the experiences of Homer's own listeners--traders, seafarers, storytellers, soldiers--and give us a glimpse into their own world of hopes and fears, 500 years after the Iliadic events were supposed to have happened.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Carol Dougherty
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 2001
File: 243 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195130362

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