A Companion to The Iliad by Malcolm M. Willcock
By Malcolm M. Willcock
Those people who are capable of learn Homer in Greek have abundant recourse to commentaries, however the overwhelming majority who learn the Iliad in translation haven't been so good served—the many to be had translations include few, if any, notes. For those readers, Malcolm M. Willcock presents a line-by-line remark that explains the various real information, mythological allusions, and Homeric conventions scholar or basic reader couldn't be anticipated to convey to an preliminary come upon with the Iliad.
The notes, which continuously relate to specific traces within the textual content, have as their top objective the straightforward, real rationalization of items the green reader will be not likely to have at his or her command (What is a hecatomb? who's Atreus' son?). moment, they increase an appreciation of the Iliad through illuminating epic variety, Homer's tools of composition, the constitution of the paintings, and the characterization of the most important heroes. The "Homeric Question," in regards to the starting place and authorship of the Iliad, is additionally discussed.
Professor Willcock's remark relies on Richmond Lattimore's translation—regarded by means of many because the amazing translation of the current generation—but it can be used profitably with different models besides. This basically written statement, such as a good pick out bibliography, will make one of many touchstones of Western literature obtainable to a much wider viewers.
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