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  • Hardcover: 1160 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405177683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405177689
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 7.9 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,948,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is not to detract from the undoubted merits and richness of what F. and her team have produced; only to question whether it is not time for putting a curb on publishers’ seemingly insatiable taste for ventures of this kind.”  ( Scripta Classica Israelica , 2012) “This is a remarkably comprehensive encyclopedia, embracing everything one might think of in relation to Homer, and even more one might not immediately expect … It is another of those reference works I am happy to recommend both as a source of reference information on demand by the user, and as a fascinating work to browse and read more widely.”  ( Reference Reviews , 2012) "What we have [here] is a brilliant achievement: three volumes, which anyone—either the layman or the Homeric scholar—will use to his great enjoyment and benefit, since it is detailed, reader–friendly and always informed with the ‘last word’ on numerous aspects of Homer’s work and world." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2012) "The coverage is thorough, and the articles are accessible to the general reader while maintaining a scholarly sophistication that makes them useful for the specialist. A handy and valuable resource for any serious student of Homer." (Library Journal, July 15, 2011) "Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 August 2011)

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The Homer Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference work encompassing the world and artistry of the legendary Greek poet Homer. The Encyclopedia includes in–depth coverage of Homer’s world, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey , Homeric scholarship, and the reception of Homer in education, literature, and art from antiquity to the present day, including the Early Christian, Jewish, and Arabic traditions. The roughly 130 contributors to this indispensable three–volume set include both established authorities who have already made lasting contributions to Homeric studies and up and coming Homeric scholars who bring fresh insights and perspectives.  The entries are as multifaceted as the Homeric poems themselves, representing a diversity of trends and opinions in the ever–vibrant field of Homeric scholarship. Breathtaking in scope and scholarship, the Homer Encyclopedia is the definitive reference source for students and scholars of Homer.

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Very good as far as it goes.
Could have been more expansive, though where does one draw the line then, 6 vol's? Ten? even more?
A more affordable e-copy would make it more accessible to all who have an interest .
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A helpful reference book 20 Dec. 2011
By H. Friederichs - Published on Amazon.com
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This three-volume encyclopedia lives up to its name: it discusses just about everything one could think of to discuss about Homer's work. Here are just a few random article titles under 'M': Monologues, Monsters, Mortality, Morys, Motivation, Moulios, Mules, Muses, etc. Also, many of the article contain recommendations for further reading.

Although it is expensive, I think it worthwhile for those who love the Homeric epics and wish to learn all they can about them.

Very highly recommended!
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