By Alberto Manguel
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No one is aware if there has been a guy named Homer, yet there isn't any no doubt that the epic poems assembled lower than his identify shape the cornerstone of Western literature. The Iliad and The Odyssey, with their incomparable stories of the Trojan warfare, brace Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the gorgeous Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are prevalent to such a lot readers simply because they're so pervasive. they've got fed our mind's eye for over and a part millennia, inspiring all people from Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, Dante to Wolfgang Petersen. during this sleek and sweeping addition to the Books that adjust the area sequence, Alberto Manguel strains the lineage of the epic poems. He considers their unique function, both as allegory or list of heritage, surveys the demanding situations the pagan poems offered to the early Christian international, and lines their unfold after the Reformation. Following Homer throughout the maximum literature ever created, Manguel’s publication particularly delights within the poems themselves, the “primordial spring with no which there could were no culture.”
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24 That is to say, on the basis of established formulae and using stories their audiences knew well, the bards sang poems that turned out to be new on each occasion. Three centuries after Homer, by the fourth century BC, the accoutrements of the bard had changed. Though he still remained ‘the interpreter of the poet’s thought’,25 he no longer used a lyre to accompany his words: now he dressed fashionably and carried an emblematic walking-stick. ‘I am often envious of you rhapsodists in your profession,’ says Socrates, not without a certain irony.
Telemachus avoids falling into the hands of the suitors. Book XVI Telemachus comes to the swineherd’s hut and Ulysses reveals himself to him. He explains that they must be careful if they are to succeed against the suitors. The suitors sail back from their pursuit of Telemachus, and discuss what to do next. Book XVII Telemachus returns to the palace and speaks with Penelope. In the meantime, the goatherd Melanthius, an ally of the suitors, seeing Ulysses with Eumaeus, insults the man he takes to be a beggar.
For the ancient Greeks, there was no question about the reality of Homer. He was simply the greatest of poets, a man of flesh and blood who, in some remote age, had composed the works on which all Greek culture was based; not only the Iliad and the Odyssey but also a number of other hymns and epics: a poem on Amphiaraus’ expedition against Thebes, the so-called Small Iliad, the Phoceis, the Cercopes, the Battle of the Frogs and Mice, most of which are now lost and many long discredited. 2 A few decades earlier, Aeschylus, none of whose plays is (as far as we know) based on either the Iliad or the Odyssey, stated that they were all ‘slices from the great banquets of Homer’,3 thereby implying that there were other 38 Homeric poems that had served him as inspiration; if so, they have not come down to us.
Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey: A Biography (A Book That Shook The World) by Alberto Manguel