By Malcolm M. Willcock
People who find themselves in a position to learn Homer in Greek have plentiful 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 comprise few, if any, notes. For those readers, Malcolm M. Willcock offers a line-by-line remark that explains the various actual info, mythological allusions, and Homeric conventions scholar or common reader couldn't be anticipated to carry to an preliminary come across with the Iliad.
The notes, which continually relate to specific traces within the textual content, have as their major objective the easy, real rationalization of items the green reader will be not going to have at his or her command (What is a hecatomb? who's Atreus' son?). moment, they improve an appreciation of the Iliad by way of illuminating epic sort, Homer's tools of composition, the constitution of the paintings, and the characterization of the main heroes. The "Homeric Question," in regards to the beginning and authorship of the Iliad, is usually discussed.
Professor Willcock's observation 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 in addition. This basically written remark, including a good decide on bibliography, will make one of many touchstones of Western literature available to a much broader viewers.
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A Companion to The Iliad by Malcolm M. Willcock