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Homer is the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central . The Iliad, particularly its first few books, was far more intently studied than the Odyssey during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. As a result of. The Homer Book is a book that was released in hardback, as part of the ongoing series, The Simpsons Library of Wisdom. Homer Simpson is a man's man. Looking for books by Homer? See all books authored by Homer, including The Odyssey, and Ἰλιάς, and more on

Homer dramatizes violence as one of the aspects of the human condition, but he doesn't celebrate it. It's a grave misunderstanding to think that Homer is about how beautiful the violent warrior is.

The key to that comes at the end of The Iliad. You've had these terrible scenes where Achilles, the great Greek warrior, has killed Hector, the prince of Troy, and tied him to the back of his chariot and dragged him round the walls of Troy with his whole family looking down from the ramparts.

It's not some elegant funeral procession.

It's a hectic, brutal moment, and we can only read that with horror in our minds. Michael Longley , the great Irish poet, calls The Iliad "an ocean of sadness. You say these are essentially authorless works. Are there any manuscripts? Tell us about Venetus A.

Homer's works were orally transmitted and orally performed poems, ever changing in the mouths of the different people who learned them and told them again. The Iliad survived for hundreds, if not thousands, of years as a spoken poem and was eventually written down, around to B. But no manuscripts survive from that time. The earliest that survive were found rolled up under the heads of mummified Greek Egyptians in the Egyptian deserts from about to B.


But they're just fragments, not the whole Iliad. The oldest complete Iliad is a manuscript found in the doge's library in Venice. A French scholar discovered it at the end of the 18th century, which is why it's called the Venetus A. It had come to Venice from Constantinople-Byzantium, where it had probably been made in about A. More importantly, it contained all kinds of marginal notes, the so-called scholia, which had been made by the great editors of The Iliad in the Greek city of Alexandria sometime between the first century B.

So what you have in Venetus A is not only the text of The Iliad but also what these ancient commentators thought about it. One of the exciting things that emerge from that is that in the early days it seems there was no such thing as a single Iliad, no one fixed text, but this wild and variable tradition of the stories, with many different versions in different parts of the Mediterranean, endlessly interacting with itself, like a braided stream in the mountains.

That's a very exciting idea for me—that texts are not fixed, unitary objects but like the mental bloodstream of a whole people. You say Homer tells us who we are.

There's not much in it for women, though, is there? Does your wife like Homer?

And for me, it wasn't easy to spend a few years writing a book about Homer, because it basically shuts you out from the female world. There are wonderful women in Homer, like Odysseus's queen, Penelope. The word Homer uses for her means her prime quality is her wise governance—that she knows how to organize things and maintain the state for 20 years while Odysseus is away.

He deeply admires women like that. On the other hand, in the Greek camp, after chariot races, prizes are given. You either get a slave girl or a couple of oxen. So there's no doubt that the Homeric world is not one in which, on the whole, women are hugely empowered.

At his feet are figures representing The Iliad red and The Odyssey green. Around him, paying homage, are some of the greats of Western art and literature, including the Greek epic poet Pindar in white, holding a lyre and Sophocles proffering a scroll. To what extent has your noble ancestry shaped your love for Homer? I don't love Homer because it's about warriors striding the world in a manly, baronial way.

I love Homer because Homer dramatizes the shared human condition of struggle and competitiveness and pain. The incredible honesty and courage with which Homer looks at those aspects of life is what makes it exciting. And the only reason I have that title, which I never use by the way, is because my great grandfather was a civil servant and ended up head of a British government department.

In those days they gave people peerages for that kind of thing. I'm not from some ancient, knightly world.

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I'm from a professional world. It's just a weird chance of history. Tell us about the poets of the Scottish Hebrides and how they may hold the key to the composition of Homer's work.

We have a modern assumption that something only has meaning if it's written down. But the literate world is minimal compared to the depths of human history.

We're essentially oral.

And in a funny way the modern, electronic communicative world is making orality take on a new significance. In traditional societies, the person who can learn and perform the stories has been treasured. That's true not only in the European world but across Africa and the Americas too. We've only got a few fragments of that left. And one of those fragmentary remains is in Gaelic Scotland, where certain families still preserve storytelling traditions that draw on ancient roots.

Some of these bards have dazzling capacities of memory. They can remember stories that last hours and hours, nearly word-perfect.

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Some of them have been recorded over a period of 20 years, and they've told the same story in almost the same words. Most of us can't remember a single phone number nowadays, because they're all in the phone memory.

Yet buried deep in us is this ability to remember important things. And one of the things about poetry and the rhythmic, heightened language of poetry is that it makes it easy to remember. You can sing a story more easily than you can tell it. You traveled to many of the sites associated with Homer for your research. Tell us about some of the high five moments. In my mind this book is called Homer By Easy Jet [laughs].

It's fantastic the way you can fly off to different spots, very cheaply, like the Trojan plain , in the northwest corner of Turkey, where the Dardanelles comes out of the Sea of Marmara. Their only hope is to make it by foot to Milford Sound in an attempt to escape the kaleidoscope of history.

Separated from their parents, and each other, Zoe and Seth face an uncertain future, and must rely on the past to survive. Surveying the Homer Saddle, tracking giant moose with Jim Muir and Eddie Herrick, exploring with Young Bob Murrell, and meeting the legendary Lost Tribe, Zoe and Seth venture into an incredible world where anything can happen — and often does! But Fiordland has always been a place where nature rules, and myth and reality merge.

Zoe and Seth travel through time, in a bid to reach the eighth wonder of the world. But what will they find when they get there? Contains hunting scenes, a conservation dog, and possibly the greatest eagle that has ever lived.

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You have been warned! For ages years, and adults who enjoy a good yarn. It is set in Fiordland, New Zealand. Some of the photos are real hunting photos. Zoe and Seth, the twins at the centre of Home from the Homer, are 12 years old.A range of adults have also read the book and found it an entertaining yarn as well.

Retrieved from " https: The nineteenth-century edition of Arthur Ludwich mainly follows Aristarchus's work, whereas van Thiel's , follows the medieval vulgate. These divisions probably date from before BC, and may have been made by Homer. Los Angeles, California: Kirk, G.

Odysseus is the great metaphor for all of our lives: struggling with storms, coming across incredibly seductive nymphs, finding himself trapped between impossible choices. You believe the tradition began much earlier than that. There are deep elements in Homer that have nothing to do with Greece or the Aegean.

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