Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Cambridge Companion to Homer

Barry Powell, University of Wisconsin-Madison, reviewed The Cambridge companion to Homer, edited by R. L. (Robert Louis) Fowler, from the Cambridge companions to literature series, at Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

"Whereas Dr. Johnson considered Homer a great among greats, the Romantic view was to relish his alterity and to understand his different world. By these lights, the historicism of modern Homeric criticism is Romantic, F. [Fowler] suggests, but the mystery will remain because we know nothing real about any such poet. Still, we strive to learn more, and this book will show a literary bias, while not neglecting historical issues."

See Homer in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 4, and (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 3.

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