Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the First Edition.
Part I: Background:.
1. The Philologist’s Homer.
2. The Historian’s Homer.
3. The Reader’s Homer.
Part II. The Poems:.
4. The Iliad.
5. The Odyssey.
6. Conclusion and Summary: Homer's Complementary Poems.
Part III: Reception:.
7. Homer and The Philosophers.
8. Homer and The Poets.
Appendix: For Further Reading.
Praise for the first edition:
“Powell admirably wrestles an almost impossible amount of material into a coherent presentation for his target audience ... It is well written in a clear and accessible style. Honest in his aims, Powell admirably introduces the genius and challenge of the Homeric works.”
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
“The book has a refreshingly personal touch ... Powell succeeds very well in making Homer’s poetry and Homeric problems appealing to his intended readers.”
“Powell offers an impressive introduction to Homer, focusing on the epic texts for which he is known, the Iliad and the Odyssey … Highly recommended.”
“…this is a useful book as it introduces a wide range of topics with clarity…will certainly inspire readers to pursue the further study of Homer.”
Bryn Mawr Classical Review, February 2008
- A student-friendly introduction to Homer and his two great epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey
- Provides historical background and literary readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey
- New to the second edition: a section on Homer’s reception in ancient Greece; a chapter on Homer and archaeology; additional maps; an updated bibliography; a glossary of key terms; and information on the oral composition of the poems
- Text is updated throughout
- Assumes no prior knowledge of Greek