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Homer's Odyssey:
A Companion to the Translation of Richmond Lattimore

by Peter V. Jones

ISBN 0809315475 / 9780809315475 / 0-8093-1547-5
Publisher Southern Illinois University Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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A commentary with an introduction that describes the features of oral poetry and discusses the history of the text of the Odyssey.

Jones provides a line-by-line commentary that explains the many factual details, mythological allusions, and Homeric conventions that a student or general reader could not be expected to bring to an initial encounter with the Odyssey. His notes also enhance an appreciation of the Odyssey by illuminating epic style, Homers methods of composition, his characterization, and the structure of the work.