Cover image for Homeric moments : clues to delight in reading the Odyssey and the Iliad
Title:
Homeric moments : clues to delight in reading the Odyssey and the Iliad
Author:
Brann, Eva T. H.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Paul Dry Books edition.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Paul Dry Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xiv, 326 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Gods -- Odysseus : his looks and transformations -- Odysseus : his nature -- Heroes -- Odysseus at Troy -- Ajax the silent -- Brief Achilles and enduring Odysseus -- Hephaestus' world : the shield -- Patroclus the friend -- Achilles the unwitting liar -- Hector the holder -- The plan of Zeus -- Achilles as Hades and Achilles in Hades -- Beginnings and endings -- The returns -- The poet of the Odyssey -- Naïveté and insight -- Beauty and craft -- Visibility and visuality -- Simile : the double vision -- Name tags and speaking names -- Telemachus and his telemachy -- Nestor at home -- Helen at Troy and Helen at home -- The stations and sightings of Odysseus' odyssey -- Asleep on the watch -- The poet of the Odyssey -- The fame of men and women -- Odysseus' odyssey I : first through sixth adventure -- Odysseus in Hades : seventh adventure -- The wooers in Hades -- The treasure house of the Greeks -- Odysseus' odyssey II : eighth through tenth adventure -- Calypso who conceals : eleventh adventure -- Phaeacia the artists' colony : twelfth adventure -- The locales and settings of Homer's Odyssey -- The liar's goddess -- The Cretan liar -- Lying tales versus fairy tales -- Telemachus returns -- Odysseus and Telemachus : convergence -- Penelope the kingly queen -- Suitors and servants -- Crisis -- At first sight -- Testing -- Time chasms -- Twice told, thrice dead.
ISBN:
9780967967561

9780967967578
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
PA4037 .B64 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Fifty years of reading Homer--both alone and with students--prepared Eva Brann to bring the Odyssey and the Iliad back to life for today''s readers. In Homeric Moments , she brilliantly conveys the unique delights of Homer''s epics as she focuses on the crucial scenes, or moments, that mark the high points of the narratives: Penelope and Odysseus, faithful wife and returning husband, sit face to face at their own hearth for the first time in twenty years; young Telemachus, with his father Odysseus at his side, boldly confronts the angry suitors; Achilles gives way to boundless grief at the death of his friend Patroclus.

Eva Brann demonstrates a way of reading Homer''s poems that yields up their hidden treasures. With an alert eye for Homer''s extraordinary visual effects and a keen ear for the musicality of his language, she helps the reader see the flickering campfires of the Greeks and hear the roar of the surf and the singing of nymphs. In Homeric Moments , Brann takes readers beneath the captivating surface of the poems to explore the inner connections and layers of meaning that have made the epics "the marvel of the ages."

"Written with wit and clarity, this book will be of value to those reading the Odyssey and the Iliad for the first time and to those teaching it to beginners."-- Library Journal

" Homeric Moments is a feast for the mind and the imagination, laid out in clear and delicious prose. With Brann, old friends of Homer and new acquaintances alike will rejoice in the beauty, and above all the humanity, of the epics." --Jacob Howland, University of Tulsa, Author of The Paradox of Political Philosophy

"In Homeric Moments , Eva Brann lovingly leads us, as she has surely led countless students, through the gallery of delights that is Homer''s poetry. Brann''s enthusiasm is as infectious as her deep familiarity with the works is illuminating."--Rachel Hadas

"Brann invites us to enter a conversation [about Homer] in which information and formal arguments jostle with appreciations and frank conjectures and surmises to increase our pleasure and deepen the inward dimension of our humanity."--Richard Freis, Millsaps College

"For anyone eager to experience the profundity and charm of Homer''s great epic poems, Eva Brann''s book will serve as a passionate and engaging guide. Brann displays a deep sensitivity to the cadence and flow of Homeric poetry, and the kind of knowing intimacy with its characters that comes from years of teaching and contemplation. Her relaxed but informative approach succeeds in conveying the grandeur of the great Homeric heroes, while making them continually resonate for our own lives. Brannhelps us see that this poetry has an urgency for our own era as much as it did for a distant past."--Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania, Author of Old Comedy and The Iambographic Tradition

"The most enjoyable books about Homer are always written by those who have read and taught him the most. Eva Brann''s collection of astute observations, unusual asides, and visual snapshots of the Iliad and the Odyssey reveals a lifelong friendship with the poet, and is as pleasurable as it is informative. Homeric Moments is rare erudition without pedantry, in a tone marked by good sense without levity."--Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Other Greeks and co-author of Who Killed Homer?

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John''s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for fifty years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include The Logos of Heraclitus , Feeling Our Feelings , Homage to Americans , Open Secrets / Inward Prospects , The Music of the Republic , Un-Willing , and Then and Now (all published by Paul Dry Books).



Author Notes

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for over forty-five years. Brann holds an M.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Yale University. Her recent books include The Ways of Naysaying; What, Then, Is Time?; and The World of the Imagination. A volume of her selected essays, The Past-Present, was published in 1997.


Reviews 4

Library Journal Review

We might all wish that philosopher and classicist Brann had taught us Homer. Falling short of that, we can read Homeric Moments, a study of Homer's epics, the Odyssey and the Iliad, based on Brann's 40-year teaching experience at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. Eschewing issues of contemporary theory or the technical concerns of classical philology, Brann instead focuses on a close reading of Homer's narrative and characters, with a concern for what makes them enduring and insightful. She draws attention to Homer's language, exploring the layers of verbal connotation, and she is especially interested in how Homer creates "delight," a pleasure that appeals to the senses and comes from the extended action and inward refiguring of the events narrated. Brann then contrasts this with the more intense pleasure of tragedy, where the purification of passions induces a more thoughtful response. Written with wit and clarity, this book will be of value both to those reading the Odyssey and the Iliad for the first time and to those teaching it to beginners. Recommended for public and academic libraries. T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Brann (St. John's College) takes an intentionally unusual approach to the analysis of these classical texts. Though clearly knowledgeable about the main currents of Homeric scholarship, she chose to ignore the usual trappings of classical scholarship in order to carry on an informal conversation with the reader based on her own enthusiasms and insights. This approach has both virtues and flaws. The virtues lie in the pleasurable sense of contagious excitement the author communicates to the reader; the flaws lie in the fact that one is at the mercy of the author's intuitions, which are not always persuasive. Brann's view of the role played by the gods in the Homeric poems and her discussion of the themes depicted on the shield of Achilles do not do justice to their significant contribution to the epics. Though she makes significant references to the Iliad, the author emphasizes the Odyssey, narrating and discussing the principal events. This is a work that might well ignite the interest of those beginning their reading of Homer, but these readers will not gain access to the true riches of the Homeric poems unless they go on to more complex and fuller treatments of those great epics. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. L. Golden Florida State University


Library Journal Review

We might all wish that philosopher and classicist Brann had taught us Homer. Falling short of that, we can read Homeric Moments, a study of Homer's epics, the Odyssey and the Iliad, based on Brann's 40-year teaching experience at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. Eschewing issues of contemporary theory or the technical concerns of classical philology, Brann instead focuses on a close reading of Homer's narrative and characters, with a concern for what makes them enduring and insightful. She draws attention to Homer's language, exploring the layers of verbal connotation, and she is especially interested in how Homer creates "delight," a pleasure that appeals to the senses and comes from the extended action and inward refiguring of the events narrated. Brann then contrasts this with the more intense pleasure of tragedy, where the purification of passions induces a more thoughtful response. Written with wit and clarity, this book will be of value both to those reading the Odyssey and the Iliad for the first time and to those teaching it to beginners. Recommended for public and academic libraries. T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Brann (St. John's College) takes an intentionally unusual approach to the analysis of these classical texts. Though clearly knowledgeable about the main currents of Homeric scholarship, she chose to ignore the usual trappings of classical scholarship in order to carry on an informal conversation with the reader based on her own enthusiasms and insights. This approach has both virtues and flaws. The virtues lie in the pleasurable sense of contagious excitement the author communicates to the reader; the flaws lie in the fact that one is at the mercy of the author's intuitions, which are not always persuasive. Brann's view of the role played by the gods in the Homeric poems and her discussion of the themes depicted on the shield of Achilles do not do justice to their significant contribution to the epics. Though she makes significant references to the Iliad, the author emphasizes the Odyssey, narrating and discussing the principal events. This is a work that might well ignite the interest of those beginning their reading of Homer, but these readers will not gain access to the true riches of the Homeric poems unless they go on to more complex and fuller treatments of those great epics. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. L. Golden Florida State University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. XIII
Accounting for the Titlep. 3
1 The Godsp. 35
2 Odysseus: His Looks and Transformationsp. 46
3 Odysseus: His Naturep. 51
4 Heroesp. 58
5 Odysseus at Troyp. 60
6 Ajax the Silentp. 70
7 Brief Achilles and Enduring Odysseusp. 75
8 Hephaestus' World: the Shieldp. 79
9 Patroclus the Friendp. 88
10 Achilles the Unwitting Liarp. 90
11 Hector the Holderp. 95
12 The Plan of Zeusp. 98
13 Achilles as Hades and Achilles in Hadesp. 100
14 Beginnings and Endingsp. 107
15 The Returnsp. 115
16 The Poet of the Odysseyp. 118
17 Naivete and Insightp. 122
18 Beauty and Craftp. 124
19 Visibility and Visualityp. 128
20 Simile: The Double Visionp. 134
21 Name Tags and Speaking Namesp. 141
22 Telemachus and His Telemachyp. 145
23 Nestor at Homep. 150
24 Helen at Troy and Helen at Homep. 154
25 The Stations and Sightings of Odysseus' Odysseyp. 168
26 Asleep on the Watchp. 171
27 The Poet of the Odysseyp. 174
28 The Fame of Men and Womenp. 178
29 Odysseus' Odyssey I: First Through Sixth Adventurep. 182
30 Odysseus in Hades: Seventh Adventurep. 197
31 The Wooers in Hadesp. 201
32 The Treasure House of the Greeksp. 204
33 Odysseus' Odyssey II: Eighth Through Tenth Adventurep. 208
34 Calypso Who Conceals: Eleventh Adventurep. 215
35 Phaeacia the Artists' Colony: Twelfth Adventurep. 219
36 The Locales and Settings of Homer's Odysseyp. 227
37 The Liar's Goddessp. 230
38 The Cretan Liarp. 237
39 Lying Tales Versus Fairy Talesp. 247
40 Telemachus Returnsp. 250
41 Odysseus and Telemachus: Convergencep. 255
42 Penelope the Kingly Queenp. 257
43 Suitors and Servantsp. 264
44 Crisisp. 270
45 At First Sightp. 274
46 Testingp. 285
47 Time Chasmsp. 292
48 Twice Told, Thrice Deadp. 299
Picture Creditsp. 304
Referencesp. 305
Prefacep. XIII
Accounting for the Titlep. 3
1 The Godsp. 35
2 Odysseus: His Looks and Transformationsp. 46
3 Odysseus: His Naturep. 51
4 Heroesp. 58
5 Odysseus at Troyp. 60
6 Ajax the Silentp. 70
7 Brief Achilles and Enduring Odysseusp. 75
8 Hephaestus' World: the Shieldp. 79
9 Patroclus the Friendp. 88
10 Achilles the Unwitting Liarp. 90
11 Hector the Holderp. 95
12 The Plan of Zeusp. 98
13 Achilles as Hades and Achilles in Hadesp. 100
14 Beginnings and Endingsp. 107
15 The Returnsp. 115
16 The Poet of the Odysseyp. 118
17 Naivete and Insightp. 122
18 Beauty and Craftp. 124
19 Visibility and Visualityp. 128
20 Simile: The Double Visionp. 134
21 Name Tags and Speaking Namesp. 141
22 Telemachus and His Telemachyp. 145
23 Nestor at Homep. 150
24 Helen at Troy and Helen at Homep. 154
25 The Stations and Sightings of Odysseus' Odysseyp. 168
26 Asleep on the Watchp. 171
27 The Poet of the Odysseyp. 174
28 The Fame of Men and Womenp. 178
29 Odysseus' Odyssey I: First Through Sixth Adventurep. 182
30 Odysseus in Hades: Seventh Adventurep. 197
31 The Wooers in Hadesp. 201
32 The Treasure House of the Greeksp. 204
33 Odysseus' Odyssey II: Eighth Through Tenth Adventurep. 208
34 Calypso Who Conceals: Eleventh Adventurep. 215
35 Phaeacia the Artists' Colony: Twelfth Adventurep. 219
36 The Locales and Settings of Homer's Odysseyp. 227
37 The Liar's Goddessp. 230
38 The Cretan Liarp. 237
39 Lying Tales Versus Fairy Talesp. 247
40 Telemachus Returnsp. 250
41 Odysseus and Telemachus: Convergencep. 255
42 Penelope the Kingly Queenp. 257
43 Suitors and Servantsp. 264
44 Crisisp. 270
45 At First Sightp. 274
46 Testingp. 285
47 Time Chasmsp. 292
48 Twice Told, Thrice Deadp. 299
Picture Creditsp. 304
Referencesp. 305