- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713999802
- ISBN-13: 978-0713999808
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Travelling Heroes: Greeks and their myths in the epic age of Homer Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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'It is, literally, a wonderful story' -- Elizabeth Speller, Sunday Times
'The book is full of wit and suspense' -- Mary Beard, Financial Times
'a beautiful evocation of a tantalising world ... Travelling Heroes is a tour de force' -- Roland Smith, Literary Review
'a dazzling journey through the Mediterranean world of the 8th century BC' -- Richard Miles, Sunday Telegraph
'reads as grippingly as any thriller ... ultimate proof of Lane Fox's inimitable remarkable powers of resurrectionism' -- Tom Holland, Spectator
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The first half of the book covers the archaeological evidence for Euboean journeys in two parts of the Mediterranean world,in the east around the Asian coast near Cyprus, and in the west, towards the Italian coast and in particular the islands of Sicily and Ischia. The next major section deals with myth, and I personally found this extremely interesting in itself, though it was rather like starting another book entirely, despite some references to the first section. Finally, Lane Fox discusses Homer and Hesiod's use of myth, ending with a very interesting postscript about the dating of Homer.
The book contains over 130 pages of notes and bibliography, put together from a wide range of international scholarship published in many languages, such as befits a highly academic work. However, as I read the Penguin popular edition, I would have valued the addition of a shorter bibliography of readily available works in English.
It is not long since I re-read the Iliad and the Odyssey, but I have to confess to never having read more than extracts from Hesiod.Read more ›
Travelling Heroes is an excellent book. Insightful, very detailed, brilliantly-investigated, and yet readily accessible to any reader. A fascinating study of the ancient Mediterranean world. The basis for a recent TV prog., the book's much better than the televised version (IMHO). RLF's theory is the Euboeans took Greek myths to the wider Med., and argues his case very well - much better than could be compressed into the limited time of a TV rendition.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in Greek history and literature.
The texts left to us by most Eastern Mediterranean cultures (e.g. Egyptian, Hittite, Assyrian, Biblical, classical Greek) are strikingly self-centered, so connecting up, say, late Bronze Age Greek and Assyrian places and events is not easy. Nor do many textual experts go looking at pottery evidence for cultural spread to back up their cultural explorations. Finally, RLF manages to do all this without getting embroiled in the rumbling controversies about absolute dates in the centuries leading up to 1000 BC. It is not an especially easy read - mainly the complexity of the subject matter, partly the style - but for anyone interested in these matters it is highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robin Lane Fox's admirers should be compelled to read what a real scholar, Ernst Badian, commented on his biography of Alexander the Great. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2011 by Ruben
Mistakenly verbose and repetitious, lacking in clarity of purpose, the editor should have cut through 75 percent of this and we might have had a book worth the trouble. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2011 by Homer
Robin Lane Fox has written an excellent book throwing much necessary light on the so-called Greek `Dark Ages'. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by I. R. Lowell
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