The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters (Hardback)
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The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 22/05/2014
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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? In this passionate and deeply personal book, Adam Nicolson sets out to explain why these great ancient poems still have so much to say about what it is to be human, to love, lose, grow old and die. 'The Mighty Dead' is a journey of history and discovery, sewn together by the oldest stories we have - the Iliad and the Odyssey, which emerged from a time before the Greeks became Greek. As nomadic tribes of the northern steppe, they clashed with the sophisticated cities of the eastern Mediterranean. These poems tell us how we became who we are. We witness a disputatious dinner in 19th-century Paris and Keats finding in Chapman's Homer the inspiration to travel in the 'realms of gold'. We go to Bosnia in the 1930s, with the god of Homer studies Milman Parry where oral poetry still thrived; to Spain to visit the possible site of Hades; to Troy, Ukraine, Syria and the islands of the Mediterranean; and to that most ancient of modern experiences, the open sea, in calm and storm. Reflecting on fathers and sons, men and women, on the necessity for love and the violence of warriors, on peace and war, youth and old-age, Homer is the deep voice of Europe, as dark as Mavrodaphne and as glowingly alive as anything that has ever been.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007335527
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 664 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 35 mm

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“A journey through Homer's legends”

I thoroughly enjoyed this volume by Adam Nicolson. It describes excellently the context and possible origins of the legends that became Homer's tales. It draws upon the likely origins of the peoples who came to... More

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