Pages: 114 pages
Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Published: July 31st 2002
These two books of the Odyssey provide an ideal introduction to the poem, illustrating Odysseus’ cunning intelligence at its best as he gains acceptance in the court of the Phaeacians, and, above all, the subtly drawn character of Nausicaa. This edition replaces the much used one by G.M. Edwards (1914). It contains text (now unexpurgated) and vocabulary, expanded commentary and new introduction. It is geared very much to the needs of those coming to Homer for the first time with a grasp of the basics of classical Greek, and assumes no previous knowledge of Homeric forms or grammar. An outline of Homeric forms, grammar, and Homeric hexameter is given in the introduction and grammar points are reiterated in the commentary. The introduction also provides an outline of questions surrounding Homer and the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey, together with a discussion of the role of books VI and VII within the epic’s overall structure. This is the ideal book with which to begin and enjoy Homer.