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The Homer Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7768-9
1160 pages
February 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of Homer, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and Homeric reception from antiquity to the present.
  • Represents the first encyclopedia on Homer ever published
  • Features contributions from 130 recent and established Homeric scholars
  • Covers Homeric scholarship and reception from antiquity to the present
  • 1360 entries supplying information on every aspect of the Homeric poems
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors (Volume I only).

Preface (Volume I only).

List of Abbreviations.


Volume I.

Volume II.

Volume III.


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Author Information

Margalit Finkelberg is Professor of Classics at Tel Aviv University. Her publications include The Birth of Literary Fiction in Ancient Greece (1998), and Greeks and Pre-Greeks: Aegean Prehistory and Greek Heroic Tradition (2005).
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“This is not to detract from the undoubted merits and richness of what F. and her team have produced; only to question whether it is not time for putting a curb on publishers’ seemingly insatiable taste for ventures of this kind.”  (Scripta Classica Israelica, 2012)

“This is a remarkably comprehensive encyclopedia, embracing everything one might think of in relation to Homer, and even more one might not immediately expect … It is another of those reference works I am happy to recommend both as a source of reference information on demand by the user, and as a fascinating work to browse and read more widely.”  (Reference Reviews, 2012)

"What we have [here] is a brilliant achievement: three volumes, which anyone—either the layman or the Homeric scholar—will use to his great enjoyment and benefit, since it is detailed, reader-friendly and always informed with the ‘last word’ on numerous aspects of Homer’s work and world." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2012)

"The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer." (Library Journal, July 15, 2011)

"Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)

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