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Why Homer Matters 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 YorkerAdam Nicolson sees the Iliad and the Odyssey as the foundation myths of Greek and our consciousness, collapsing the passage of , 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 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 aroundBC when the people who would become the Greeks came south and both clashed and fused with the sophisticated inhabitants of the Eastern MediterraneanThe 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


10 thoughts on “Why Homer Matters

  1. says:

    Contents Maps The World of the Ancient GreeksThe Bronze Age WorldPicturesPreface1 Meeting Homer2 Grasping Homer3 Loving Homer4 Seeking Homer5 Finding Homer6 Homer the Stranger7 Homer the Real8 The Metal Hero9 Homer on the Steppes10 The Gang and the City11 Homer s Mirror12 Homer s OdysseyConclusion T


  2. says:

    I devoured this book For over 30 years I have read the Iliad most winters I even attempted to write an epic poem similar to the Iliad when I was in junior high, basing it on an imaginary world and I have read the Odyssey most summers I just finished reading it yet again, in my favorite translation by


  3. says:

    While this turned out to be only a 3 star rating, it doesn t necessarily reflect the value of the book, overall, to those who are looking for an introduction to Homer just a commentary on my feelings of slight disappointment at the time Nicolson s book is filled with interesting minutiae about both th


  4. says:

    I marked WHY HOMER MATTERS as contemporary mostly because I figured Homer would get a laugh out of it And why not Classics are timeless Even if this is about a classic as opposed to a classic itself.Adam Nicolson covers all the bases and then some in this perspective on why Homer is perm cool and forev


  5. says:

    This is one of the most useful complements to a reading of Homer I know of Adam Nicolson s knowledge of Homer s great works and his understanding of the Homeric world seem truly deep Along with the important literary analysis The Mighty Dead is dense with historial fact and perspecctive concerning Bronz


  6. says:

    4.5 stars what a book I want to read The Iliad again The author expresses himself quite well Homer is here Homer is now He can be seen in the olive groves, in archeological digs, in gang mentality I appreciated the use of appropriate Greek words and their etymological roots I m inspired to learn Ancient


  7. says:

    Nicolson is provocative in numerous ways, from the origins of the Homeric epics which he pulls back to the origins of indo european civilization, to the inspiration of Keat s poem on Chapman s translation a poem that is critical of the Alexander Pope translation In short, he doesn t believe there was a Ho


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    This should be a required companion volume either before or during reading The Odyssey and Iliad I understood so muchabout the cultures of both the Greeks and the Trojans and their histories after reading it He takes you to the places where much of the action occurred and where they speculate that the Gree


  9. says:

    Longlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson prize, it says on the cover All I can say is that 2014 must ve been a stonking year if this book didn t even make the shortlist I ve seldom read a book that spreads itself so magisterially and readably over literary criticism, ancient history, linguistics, morality, po


  10. says:

    One poet s love affair with Homer Each chapter s different perspective chiefly on the Iliad, but the Odyssey gets a look in too is enchantingly written and genuinely insightful Not the scholarly consensus on dating by a long chalk, but powerfully argued.


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