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The Making of the Iliad
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The Making of the Iliad: Disquisition and Analytical Commentary

M. L. West


This book assumes some knowledge of Greek and of Homer. After introductory chapters on the poet of the Iliad’s date and homeland, the poetic traditions known to him, the way in which his work developed, and its early reception, the book provides a running commentary on the epic, distinguishing the different stages of the poet’s workings, illuminating his aims and methods, and identifying techniques and motifs derived from ancestral Indo-European tradition or imported from the Near East.

Keywords: Greek, Homer, Iliad, poetic tradition, epic, Near East, motifs, Indo-European tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199590070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. L. West, author
Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford