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Title:
Celebrating Homer's landscapes : Troy and Ithaca revisited
Author:
Luce, John Victor, 1920-
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xi, 260 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780300074116
Format :
Book

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Central Library DF221.T8 L83 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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In this text, an authority on Homeric texts takes us on a tour of the main localities that Homer paints in his Iliad and Odyssey. Providing numerous photographs of the terrain and quoting liberally from the two epics, J.V. Luce argues that Homer's descriptions of the ancient landscape, far from being poetic fantasies, are accurate in every detail. Luce surveys what Homer tells us about the environs of Troy and Ithaca, applying the developing science of narratology to Homeric depiction of landscape. He also incorporates information about Troy that has been obtained in the past two decades, in particular geophysical information about the alluviation of the Trojan plain and archaeological data about Troy that reveals that the fortified area of the city was ten times as large as previously supposed. Tracing the ebb and flow of the battle as described in the Iliad, Luce shows how Homer's account is consistent with this picture of the plain.


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