Shards and suckers: modern receptions of homer

Hardwick, Lorna (2004). Shards and suckers: modern receptions of homer. In: Fowler, Robert ed. The Cambridge companion to homer. The Cambridge Companion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 344–362.



Book description: The Cambridge Companion to Homer is a guide to the essential aspects of Homeric criticism and scholarship, including the reception of the poems in ancient and modern times. Written by an international team of scholars, it is intended to be the first port of call for students at all levels, with introductions to important subjects and suggestions for further exploration. Alongside traditional topics like the Homeric Question, the divine apparatus of the poems, the formulae, the characters and the archaeological background, there are detailed discussions of similes, speeches, the poet as story-teller and the genre of epic both within Greece and worldwide. The reception chapters include assessments of ancient Greek and Roman readings as well as selected modern interpretations from the eighteenth century to the present day. Chapters on Homer in English translation and ¿Homer¿ in the history of ideas round out the collection.
¿ Ideal introduction for novice reader, but also offers critical insights for the expert ¿ Deals in greater depth than other general works with the reception of the Homeric poems from antiquity down to the present day ¿ Has an overriding emphasis on the poems as literary creations

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