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Homer, Odyssey I

Edited with an Introduction, Translation, Commentary, and Glossary

Simon Pulleyn

November 2018

ISBN: 9780198824206

320 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

In Stock

Price: £19.95

Offering the first full-length commentary on Odyssey I in English since the 1980s, this new edition with facing translation aims to offer students an accessible yet authoritative introduction to the history and style of Homeric epic alongside detailed philological and linguistic analysis that will be of equal use to advanced scholars.

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Offering the first full-length commentary on Odyssey I in English since the 1980s, this new edition with facing translation aims to offer students an accessible yet authoritative introduction to the history and style of Homeric epic alongside detailed philological and linguistic analysis that will be of equal use to advanced scholars.

  • The first full-length line-by-line commentary on Odyssey I in English since the 1980s, bringing the latest scholarship to bear on philological and linguistic issues
  • Provides both a revised Greek text and facing English translation designed to reproduce as far as possible the word order and sound effects of the Greek original
  • An accessible Introduction illuminatingly situates the work in its historical, cultural, and literary context and includes suggestions for further reading
  • Assists readers coming to the text for the first time with a full vocabulary giving meanings matching the precise sense of usage in Odyssey I and a Glossary of Technical Terms
  • Includes three maps, fully updated to refer to the new Bittlestone hypothesis on the position of Ithaca
  • Offers a comprehensive approach to Odyssey I that will be of use both to students new to the text and to advanced scholars

About the Author(s)

Simon Pulleyn, Independent scholar, UK

Simon Pulleyn read Classics at Oxford in the 1980s and stayed on to write his doctoral thesis on prayer in Ancient Greek religion. He taught Latin and Greek at Oxford for most of the 1990s, at the end of which he trained as a lawyer. After a longish spell as a solicitor in the City of London, he taught law for a few years before deciding to give himself over to full-time research and writing. He has published numerous articles and reviews in learned journals, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Table of Contents

    Frontmatter
    Abbreviations
    Maps
    Introduction
    The Appeal of the Odyssey
    Structure
    Style
    The World of the Odyssey
    Origins
    Transmission
    Metre
    Dialect and Grammar
    Text and Translation
    Commentary
    Endmatter
    Bibliography
    Vocabulary
    Glossary of Technical Terms
    General Index
    Index of Greek Words

Reviews

"To offer new perspectives on one of the most hallowed oeuvres of the Western literary canon certainly is a daunting task. Yet Pulleyn fearlessly takes up the challenge, and, unlike the epic protagonist of his text, manages in the course of his meanderings to bring his readers back to port unscathed...If this volume will help more readers to approach it in the original Greek, it will have fulfilled its purpose." - Alexander Andrée, University of Toronto, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Homer, Odyssey I can certainly be recommended to anyone who wants to explore this classic work more closely, and specifically to engage with the Greek text." - M. A. Orthofer, Complete Review

"It is a pleasure to welcome this new commentary on dyssey 1 . . . a wholly admirable edition." - Colin Leach, Classi cs for All