The Mighty Dead

Why Homer Matters
Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: William Collins
ISBN: 9780007335534
Category:
Page: 336
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Where does Homer come from? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate with something so distant? This is a genre-defying book of vast ambition which takes the reader on a deeply profound, tender journey through Adam Nicolson's love of Homer and why he believes this great ancient poet still matters to us all in our search to understand what it is to be human, to love, to lose, to grow old and to die. Nicolson is one of the greatest writers of landscape and sea -- and in this book he takes his readers to places on the Aegean shores forever haunted by their Homeric heroes, to a disputatious dinner in 19th-century-France; to Keats and his travels in the "realms of gold"; memories of setting sail from a Scottish beach to face the vengeful sea and navigating storms off the coast of Ireland; to Sicily awash with wild flowers, to Bosnia where oral poetry still thrives; to Syria where he is forced to face his own mortality; to the deserted, irradiated steppes of Chernobyl, where Homeric warriors still lie unexcavated under the tumuli. This is a world of springs and drought, seas and cities, all sewn together by the poems themselves, and their great metaphors of life and suffering. The book is driven by a desire to find the source of Homer's directness and to understand why Homer is still so present and so relevant to us all some 3,700 years after the poems were composed. On every page, the book offers reflections on relationships between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, on the violence of warriors and the deep-held desires of home-makers, of peace and war, youth and old-age. Like Homer himself, it is a book haunted by transience, by the way memory drifts in the face of time. It is a book that will bring each reader face to face with the meaning of existence in a text as accessible as it is full of surprises.

Why Homer Matters

A History
Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1627791809
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 1886
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"Adam Nicolson writes popular books as popular books used to be, a breeze rather than a scholarly sweat, but humanely erudite, elegantly written, passionately felt...and his excitement is contagious."—James Wood, The New Yorker Adam Nicolson sees the Iliad and the Odyssey as the foundation myths of Greek—and our—consciousness, collapsing the passage of 4,000 years and making the distant past of the Mediterranean world as immediate to us as the events of our own time. Why Homer Matters is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by the poems themselves and their metaphors of life and trouble. Homer's poems occupy, as Adam Nicolson writes "a third space" in the way we relate to the past: not as memory, which lasts no more than three generations, nor as the objective accounts of history, but as epic, invented after memory but before history, poetry which aims "to bind the wounds that time inflicts." The Homeric poems are among the oldest stories we have, drawing on deep roots in the Eurasian steppes beyond the Black Sea, but emerging at a time around 2000 B.C. when the people who would become the Greeks came south and both clashed and fused with the more sophisticated inhabitants of the Eastern Mediterranean. The poems, which ask the eternal questions about the individual and the community, honor and service, love and war, tell us how we became who we are.

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers


Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008165718
Category: Nature
Page: 416
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The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire – beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Boxer. SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD JEFFERIES SOCIETY AWARD FOR NATURE WRITING 2017

The Cambridge Companion to Homer


Author: Robert Fowler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521012461
Category: History
Page: 419
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A team of experts discuss Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," exploring their background and composition and their reception to the present day.

The Gods of Olympus

A History
Author: Barbara Graziosi
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805091572
Category: History
Page: 304
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Chronicles the transformations of the Greek gods throughout history, evaluating their changing characters, stories and symbolic relevance in a variety of cultures spanning the ancient world through the Renaissance era. 35,000 first printing.

Homer

A Beginner's Guide
Author: Elton TE Baker,Joel Christensen
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 178074238X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 230
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Widely revered as the father of Western literature, Homer was the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the epic poems which immortalized such names as Cyclops, Menelaus, and Achilles, and inspired such films as the Brad Pitt blockbuster Troy. In this vivid introduction, Elton Barker and Joel Christensen celebrate the complexity, innovation and sheer excitement of Homer’s two great works, and investigate the controversy surrounding the man behind the myths — asking who he was and whether he even existed. From soap operas to Salman Rushdie, the authors also highlight just how much we owe Homer and why he has been so influential. Perfect for new readers of the great poet but full of insights that will delight Homeric experts, it will inspire you to discover (or rediscover) his epic masterpieces first-hand.

The Last Days of Troy


Author: Simon Armitage
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780571315093
Category: Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Page: 152
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Simon Armitage is rightly celebrated as one of the country's most original and engaging poets; but he is also an adaptor and translator of some of our most important epics, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Death of King Arthur and Homer's Odyssey. The latter, originally a commission for BBC Radio, rendered the classical tale with all the flare, wit and engagement that we have come to expect from this most distinctive of contemporary authors, and in so doing brought Odysseus's return from the Trojan War memorably to life.

L'Iliade ou le poeme de la force


Author: Simone Weil,James P. Holoka
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820463612
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 130
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Simone Weil, a brilliant young teacher, philosopher, and social activist, wrote the essay, The ‘Iliad’ or the Poem of Force at France at the beginning of World War II. Her profound meditation on the nature of violence provides a remarkably vivid and accessible testament of the Greek epic’s continuing relevance to our lives. This celebrated work appears here for the first time in a bilingual version, based on the text of the authoritative edition of the author’s complete writings. An introduction discusses the significance of the essay both in the evolution of Weil’s thought and as a distinctively iconoclastic contribution to Homeric studies. The commentary draws on recent interpretations of the Iliad and examines the parallels between Weil’s vision of Homer’s warriors and the experiences of modern soldiers.

Homer

The Resonance of Epic
Author: Barbara Graziosi,Johannes Haubold
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0715632825
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 176
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Offers interpretations of the main aspects of Homeric epic: the gods and fate, gender and society, death, fame, and poetry

Homer

Poet of the Iliad
Author: Mark W. Edwards
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801840166
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 352
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Homer: Poet of the "Iliad" is the perfect companion both for readers deepening their appreciation of the poem and its form and for those encountering Homer's work for the first time. Mark Edwards combines the advantages of a general introduction and a detailed commentary to make the insights of recent Homeric scholarship accessible to students and general readers as well as to classicists. Since interpretation of the epic requires an understanding of the ancient oral tradition and its conventions, Edwards offers a comprehensive analysis of the poetics of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He also discusses essential elements of Homeric society -- its religion, history, and social values -- to clarify the style and substance of the poetry. In the second half of the book, Edwards's scene-by-scene explication of ten major books of the Iliad leads the reader to a greater perception of Homer's mastery and manipulation of convention.

A Companion to the Iliad

Based on the Translation by Richmond Lattimore
Author: Malcolm M. Willcock
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226898551
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 293
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Provides supplementary line-by-line commentary to familiarize the general reader with Greek history and mythology as well as Homer's style, techniques, and poetic conventions

Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain


Author: Charlotte Higgins
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468312367
Category: History
Page: 304
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Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the captivating and haunting exploration of the remnants of an empire What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Sometimes on foot, sometimes in a magnificent, if not entirely reliable, VW camper van, Charlotte Higgins sets out to explore the ancient monuments of Roman Britain. She explores the land that was once Rome’s northernmost territory and how it has changed since the years after the empire fell. Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.

God's Secretaries

The Making of the King James Bible
Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0060838736
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
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A network of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the era of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than the country had ever been, and the entire culture was drawn taut between these polarities. This was the world that created the King James Bible. It is the greatest work of English prose ever written, and it is no coincidence that the translation was made at the moment "Englishness," specifically the English language itself, had come into its first passionate maturity. The English of Jacobean England has a more encompassing idea of its own scope than any form of the language before or since. It drips with potency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Homer: The Odyssey


Author: Jasper Griffin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521539784
Category: Fiction
Page: 103
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This handy guide will introduce students to a text that has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years.

Inside Out & Back Again


Author: Thanhha Lai
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 0702251178
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 276
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Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Freak the Mighty


Author: Rodman Philbrick
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1409591050
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 208
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Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak The Mighty and walk high above the world. An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller.

Regarding Penelope

From Character to Poetics
Author: Nancy Felson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780806129617
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 215
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A coy tease, enchantress, adulteress, irresponsible mother, hard-hearted wife -- such are the possible images of Penelope that Homer playfully presents to listeners and readers of the Odyssey. His narration ultimately contradicts or fails to confirm these images, however, leaving Penelope as the paragon of the faithful wife. In Regarding Penelope, Felson first considers Penelope as the object of male gazes and as a subject acting from her own desire, and then develops the notion of "possible plots" as structures in the poem that coexist with the plots Penelope actually plays out. She then argues that Homer's manipulation of Penelope's character maintains the narrative fluidity and the dynamics of the Odyssey, and she reveals how, in oral performance, the poet teases and captivates his audience in the same way that Penelope and Odysseus entrap each other in their courtship dance.

When God Spoke English

The Making of the King James Bible
Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007431007
Category: Bible
Page: 288
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A fascinating, lively account of the making of the King James Bible. James VI of Scotland -- now James I of England -- came into his new kingdom in 1603. Trained almost from birth to manage rival political factions, he was determined not only to hold his throne, but to avoid the strife caused by religious groups that was bedevilling most European countries. He would hold his God-appointed position and unify his kingdom. Out of these circumstances, and involving the very people who were engaged in the bitterest controversies, a book of extraordinary grace and lasting literary appeal was created: the King James Bible. 47 scholars from Cambridge, Oxford and London translated the Bible, drawing from many previous versions, and created what many believe to be the greatest prose work ever written in English -- the product of a culture in a peculiarly conflicted era. This was the England of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson and Bacon; but also of extremist Puritans, the Gunpowder plot, the Plague, of slum dwellings and crushing religious confines. Quite how this astonishing translation emerges is the central question of this book. Far more than Shakespeare, this Bible helped to create and shape the language. It is the origin of many of our most familiar phrases, and the foundations of the English-speaking world. It was a generous and deliberate decision to make the Bible available to the common man: not an immediate commercial success, but which later became a bestseller, and has remained one ever since. Adam Nicolson gives a fascinating and dramatic account of the early years of the first Stewart ruler, and the scholars who laboured for seven years to create the world's greatest book; immersing us in a world of ingratiating bishops, a fascinating monarch and London at a time unlike any other.

Nobody's Darling


Author: Teresa Medeiros
Publisher: Amber House Books
ISBN: 1939541204
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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He always gets his lady… Billy Darling doesn’t enjoy being a wanted man until the day a duke’s prim and proper granddaughter comes marching into the Tumbleweed Saloon and points her derringer at his heart. Lucky for him, she's a mighty poor shot. She always gets her man… Instead of killing him, Esmerelda Fine hires him to find her runaway brother. Billy knows he should turn down her offer. He should resist her charms. But he doesn't. Because there comes a time in every man's life when he's got nothing left to lose...but his heart. Book 4 of the ROGUES AND GENTLEMEN series, which includes Yours Until Dawn, Thief of Hearts, Once an Angel and Nobody’s Darling “Nobody’s Darling has a little something for everyone. No wonder all of Medeiros’s romances have been national bestsellers.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel “A lively passionate adventure generously peppered with Medeiros’s trademark humor and sense of fun.”—Library Journal “Another fine read from one of romance’s greats!”—Painted Rock “One of the Top Ten Best Romances of the Year.”—Amazon.com ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION Victorian romance, Western romance, Humorous romance, Cowboy romance