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Hesperos: Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday

P. J. Finglass, C. Collard, and N. J. Richardson


Martin West is widely recognized as one of the most significant classicists of all time. Over nearly half a century his publications have transformed our understanding of Greek poetry. This book celebrates his achievement with twenty-five chapters on different areas of the subject which he has illuminated, written by distinguished scholars from four continents. It also includes West's Balzan Prize acceptance speech, ‘Forward into the Past’, in which he explains his approach to literary scholarship, and a complete bibliography of his academic publications.

Keywords: Martin West, Greek poetry, Balzan Prize, literary scholarship, Ancient Greek poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. J. Finglass, editor
Lecturer in Classical Studies, University of Nottingham
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C. Collard, editor
Before retirement, Professor of Classics, University of Wales at Swansea

N. J. Richardson, editor
Warden of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford

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Part I Epic

1 Terminal Problems

Stephanie West

6 The Homeric Hymn to Hermes

N. J. Richardson

Part II Lyric, Elegiac, Iambic

9 Hipponactea quaedam

Calvert Watkins

Part III Tragedy

12 Housman’s Greek

James Diggle

15 Sophocles’ Learning Curve

Christopher Pelling

Part IV Metre and Textual Criticism

20 Dionysius’ Ear

L. P. E. Parker