Approaches to Homer, Ancient and modern
edited by Robert J. Rabel
ISBN-13: 978-1-905125-04-3 ISBN-10: 1-905125-04-6, hardback, 240 pp., GB £45.00
 

The editor: Robert J. Rabel is Professor of Classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Plot and Point of View in the Iliad (University of Michigan Press, 1997) and various articles on Greek and Roman literature. Much of his recent work centers on the relationship between Classics and film.

Ten new essays, from a distinguished cast of (mainly) North American scholars, approach Homer with insights gained from the modern disciplines of psychology and anthropology, narratology, oral theory and cognitive research. But the contributors also attend to ancient modes of approach to the Homeric poems: linguistic and narratological, ethical and psyhological. The volume focuses both on literary technique in the poems, and on the portrayal of characters and peoples, central and marginal.

 

CONTENTS
Demodokos' Iliad' and Homer's - Donna F. Wilson
The patterning of the similes in Book 2 of the Iliad - William C. Scott
Homer on autobiographical memory: the case of Nestor - Elizabeth Minchin
Similes for Odysseus and Penelope: mortality, divinity, identity - James V. Morrison
Telemakhos' one sneeze and Penelope's two laughs (Odyssey 17. 541-50, 18. 158-68) - Donald Lateiner
Old men and chirping cicadas in the Teichoskopia - Hanna M. Roisman
The death of Achilles by Rhapsodes - Jonathan S. Burgess
The Ciconians, revisited (Homer, Odyssey 9. 39-66) - Rick M. Newton
Odysseus' ethnographic digressions - Ruth Scodel
The art of creative listening in the Odyssey - Robert J. Rabel