Classical Criticism and Anthologies
The Baltic Origins Of Homer's Epic Tales
The Iliad, The Odyssey, And The Migration Of Myth
Paperback ISBN: 1594770522
Compelling evidence that the events of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey took place in the Baltic and not the Mediterranean â€¢ Reveals how a climate change forced the migration of a people and their myth to ancient Greece â€¢ Identifies the true geographic sites of Troy and Ithaca in the Baltic Sea and Calypso's Isle in the North Atlantic Ocean For years scholars have debated the incongruities in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, given that his descriptions are at odds with the geography of the areas he purportedly describes. Inspired by Plutarch's remark that Calypso's Isle was only five days sailing from Britain, Felice Vinci convincingly argues that Homer's epic tales originated not in the Mediterranean, but in the northern Baltic Sea. Using meticulous geographical analysis, Vinci shows that many Homeric places, such as Troy and Ithaca, can still be identified in the geographic landscape of the Baltic. He explains how the dense, foggy weather described by Ulysses befits northern not Mediterranean climes, and how battles lasting through the night would easily have been possible in the long days of the Baltic summer. Vinci's meteorological analysis reveals how a decline of the "climatic optimum" caused the blond seafarers to migrate south to warmer climates, where they rebuilt their original world in the Mediterranean. Through many generations the memory of the heroic age and the feats performed by their ancestors in their lost homeland was preserved and handed down to the following ages, only later to be codified by Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Felice Vinci offers a key to open many doors that allow us to consider the age-old question of the Indo-European diaspora and the origin of the Greek civilization from a new perspective.
Confronting the Classics
Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations
Paperback ISBN: 0871408597
An internationally recognized historian takes readers on an eye-opening tour of the Ancient World, shedding new light on the Greek and Roman history, and combines the epic with the everyday, which forces us to reexamine the assumptions we held as gospel.
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays
Paperback ISBN: 046087280x
Part of the "Everyman" series which has been re-set with wide margins and easy-to-read type, this book includes marginal glosses and footnotes to explain difficult words and phraseology. It is a selection of 15th-century pageants which includes the play "Everyman".
The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Paperback ISBN: 0375725253
The author of Lives of the Poets draws on known facts about their lives, as well as later narratives and legends, to provide an insightful study of the world of the classical Greek poets, from Orpheus and Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, to Hesiod, Theocritus, and Sappho, the great Greek woman writer. Reprint.
The Form of Greek Romance
Hardcover ISBN: 0691068380
In the early Roman Empire a new literary genre began to flourish, mainly in the Greek world: prose fiction, or romance. Broadly defined as a love story that offers adventure and a romantic vision of life, this form of literature emerged long after the other genres and, until recently, seemed hardly worthy of critical attention. Here B. P. Reardon addresses the growing interest in ancient fiction by providing a literary and cultural framework in which to understand Greek romance, and by demonstrating its importance as an artistic and social phenomenon. Beginning with a discussion of Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe, Reardon sets out the generic characteristics of the romance. He then moves through a wide range of works, including those of Longus and Heliodorus, and reveals their sophistication in terms of social observation, technique within a convention, and the stance adopted by the authors toward their own creations. Although antiquity left behind little discussion of the genre, Reardon shows how romance can be assessed within its time period by considering the practice of narrative in other Greek literature and the concept of fiction in antiquity. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Paperback ISBN: 0553212214
Contains a remarkable array of dramatic works by four of the ancient Greek world's leading dramatists, including Agamemnon and Eumenides by Aeschylus; Sophocles's Oedipus the King, Antigone, and Philoctetes; Euripides's Medea, Hippolytus, and Trojan Women, and The Frogs by Aristophanes. Reissue.
The Homeric Hymns
Paperback ISBN: 0140437827
A collection of ancient Greek poetry that chronicles some of the major episodes from Greek mythology--from the abduction of Persephone to the theft of Apollo's cattle--originally recited at festivals to honor the Olympian gods and goddesses is complemented by an introduction that examines the hymns' authorship, literary characteristics, influence, and more. Original.
Horace and Me
Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet
Paperback ISBN: 125005012x
The creator of the renowned Financial Times Slow Lane column draws on discredited Roman poet Horace's "carpe diem" approach to life to address a range of philosophical questions and explain how the poet's society shares much in common with today's world.