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The Homer encyclopedia [electronic resource] /
edited by Margalit Finkelberg.
imprint
Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
description
3 v. (l, 1072 p.) : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1405177683 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781405177689 (hardcover : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Subjects
personal subject
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imprint
Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
isbn
1405177683 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405177689 (hardcover : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
V. 1. A-G -- v. 2. H-Q -- v. 3. R-Z.
catalogue key
8567132
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-08-01:
Encyclopedias of Virgil and Horace appeared long ago, but this, surprisingly, is the first dedicated to Homer. The product of an international team of 132 scholars, it offers about 1,300 signed entries, of which some 900 are devoted to people or places. Many entries are short, while others (e.g., "Achilles," "Afterlife") are brief essays from which any student might profit. Readers will find entries on text and transmission, scholia, the history of scholarship, critical approaches, and prominent figures (e.g., Blegen, Parry, Schliemann, Wolff). Most entries focus narrowly on Homer; the entries titled "Birds" and "Dogs," for example, note their role as devourers of the corpses in Homer, but do not put this in the broader context of the ancient Mediterranean (e.g., 1 Kings 14.11; Psalms 79.2; Jeremiah 19.7). Many entries include bibliographies. This is an excellent, thorough work, but the intended audience is unclear. Plentiful commentaries and reference works such as The Oxford Classical Dictionary, edited by S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth (3rd ed., rev., CH, Oct'03, 41-0661), aid readers of Homer with basic information. More in-depth treatment is available from such compendia as the New Companion to Homer (1997), edited by I. Morris and B. Powell. Given its focus, level of detail, and price, this encyclopedia is best suited to libraries supporting graduate programs in classics. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. F. W. Jenkins University of Dayton
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-07-01:
Though there are various handbooks addressing aspects of the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as general classical dictionaries and encyclopedias, this is the first comprehensive encyclopedia devoted to Homer. Finkelberg (classics, Tel Aviv Univ.) commissioned over 1600 entries from many of the leading figures in classics, including Christopher Gill, Gregory Nagy, and Froma Zeitlin. The entries range over topics related to the Iliad, Odyssey, other epic cycles, the Homeric Hymns, the Argonautica, and the oral traditions, with articles on all the individual characters; linguistic and stylistic matters; social, religious, and cultural artifacts; and institutions. There are also articles on various archeological, geographical, biological, and historical topics, as well as entries addressing Homeric scholarship over the ages and the reception of Homer. The coverage of the Homeric material is solid, though that on reception has some striking omissions, for instance, no mention of Fenelon's Telemaque (1699) or Derek Walcott's Omeros (1990). Each article is written by a specialist and includes a brief bibliography. The three volumes are well printed and well bound, though the illustrations are not always well reproduced. BOTTOM LINE The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer.-T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)
"This is a remarkably comprehensive encyclopedia, embracing everything one might think of in relation to Homer, and even more one might not immediately expect … It is another of those reference works I am happy to recommend both as a source of reference information on demand by the user, and as afascinating work to browse and read more widely." ( Reference Reviews , 2012) "What we have [here] is a brilliant achievement: three volumes, which anyone-either the layman or the Homeric scholar-will use to his great enjoyment and benefit, since it is detailed, reader-friendly and always informed with the 'last word' on numerous aspects of Homer's work and world." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2012) "The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer." (Library Journal, July 15, 2011) "Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)
"This is not to detract from the undoubted merits and richness of what F. and her team have produced; only to question whether it is not time for putting a curb on publishers' seemingly insatiable taste for ventures of this kind." ( Scripta Classica Israelica , 2012) "This is a remarkably comprehensive encyclopedia, embracing everything one might think of in relation to Homer, and even more one might not immediately expect ... It is another of those reference works I am happy to recommend both as a source of reference information on demand by the user, and as a fascinating work to browse and read more widely." ( Reference Reviews , 2012) "What we have [here] is a brilliant achievement: three volumes, which anyone--either the layman or the Homeric scholar--will use to his great enjoyment and benefit, since it is detailed, reader-friendly and always informed with the 'last word' on numerous aspects of Homer's work and world." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2012) "The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer." (Library Journal, July 15, 2011) "Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)
"This is not to detract from the undoubted merits and richness of what F. and her team have produced; only to question whether it is not time for putting a curb on publishers' seemingly insatiable taste for ventures of this kind." ( Scripta Classica Israelica , 2012) "This is a remarkably comprehensive encyclopedia, embracing everything one might think of in relation to Homer, and even more one might not immediately expect … It is another of those reference works I am happy to recommend both as a source of reference information on demand by the user, and as afascinating work to browse and read more widely." ( Reference Reviews , 2012) "What we have [here] is a brilliant achievement: three volumes, which anyone-either the layman or the Homeric scholar-will use to his great enjoyment and benefit, since it is detailed, reader-friendly and always informed with the 'last word' on numerous aspects of Homer's work and world." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2012) "The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer." (Library Journal, July 15, 2011) "Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)
"What we have [here] is a brilliant achievement: three volumes, which anyone-either the layman or the Homeric scholar-will use to his great enjoyment and benefit, since it is detailed, reader-friendly and always informed with the 'last word' on numerous aspects of Homer's work and world." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2012) "The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer." (Library Journal, July 15, 2011) "Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)
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Summaries
Long Description
The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of the legendary Greek poet Homer. The Encyclopedia includes in-depth coverage of Homer's world, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey , Homeric scholarship, and the reception of Homer in education, literature, and art from antiquity to the present day, including the Early Christian, Jewish, and Arabic traditions. The roughly 130 contributors to this indispensable three-volume set include both established authorities who have already made lasting contributions to Homeric studies and up and coming Homeric scholars who bring fresh insights and perspectives. The entries are as multifaceted as the Homeric poems themselves, representing a diversity of trends and opinions in the ever-vibrant field of Homeric scholarship. Breathtaking in scope and scholarship, the Homer Encyclopedia is the definitive reference source for students and scholars of Homer.
Long Description
The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of the legendary Greek poet Homer. The Encyclopedia includes in-depth coverage of Homer's world, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and the reception of Homer in education, literature, and art from antiquity to the present day, including the Early Christian, Jewish, and Arabic traditions. The roughly 130 contributors to this indispensable three-volume set include both established authorities who have already made lasting contributions to Homeric studies and up and coming Homeric scholars who bring fresh insights and perspectives. The entries are as multifaceted as the Homeric poems themselves, representing a diversity of trends and opinions in the ever-vibrant field of Homeric scholarship. Breathtaking in scope and scholarship, the Homer Encyclopedia is the definitive reference source for students and scholars of Homer.
Long Description
The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of the legendary Greek poet Homer. The Encyclopedia includes in-depth coverage of Homer's world, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and the reception of Homer in education, literature, and art from antiquity to the present day, including the Early Christian, Jewish, and Arabic traditions. The roughly 130 contributors to this indispensable three-volume set include both established literary scholars who have already made lasting contributions to Homeric studies and up and coming Homeric scholars who bring fresh insights and perspectives. The entries are as multifaceted as the Homeric poems themselves, representing a diversity of trends and opinions in the ever-vibrant field of Homeric scholarship. Breathtaking in scope and scholarship, the Homer Encyclopedia is the definitive reference source for students and scholars of Homer.
Main Description
The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of Homer, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey , Homeric scholarship, and Homeric reception from antiquity to the present. Represents the first encyclopedia on Homer ever published Features contributions from 130 recent and established Homeric scholars Covers Homeric scholarship and reception from antiquity to the present 1360 entries supplying information on every aspect of the Homeric poems
Main Description
The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of Homer, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and Homeric reception from antiquity to the present. Represents the first encyclopedia on Homer ever published Features contributions from 130 recent and established Homeric scholars Covers Homeric scholarship and reception from antiquity to the present 1360 entries supplying information on every aspect of the Homeric poems
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors (Volume I only)
Preface (Volume I only)
List of Abbreviations
Maps
Bibliography
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