The Iliad: Structure, Myth, and Meaning by Bruce Louden
Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition | April 5, 2006 | English | ISBN: 080188280X | 348 pages | PDF | 5 MB
Extending his distinctive analysis of Homeric epic to the Iliad, Bruce Louden, author of The "Odyssey": Structure, Narration, and Meaning, again presents new approaches to understanding the themes and story of the poem. In this thought-provoking study, he demonstrates how repeated narrative motifs argue for an expanded understanding of the structure of epic poetry. First identifying the "subgenres" of myth within the poem, he then reads these against related mythologies of the Near East, developing a context in which the poem can be more accurately interpreted.