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The Meaning of Meat and the Structure of the Odyssey Hardcover – 18 Apr 2013


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'A powerful illustration of the importance of food and culinary practices to understanding past societies.' The Times Literary Supplement

'This is a wonderful book … it manages to use the matrix of sacrifice, feasting, division of meat and consumption as a lens through which to examine the entire complex range of ideas and values that constitute the world of epic … It is succinct, detailed and successfully articulates a view of the poems that blends the best of the oral tradition and the literary … All in all, a splendid book and a significant contribution to our understanding of the poems Bakker admirably describes as 'unique and best'.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'… a highly engaging study on the symbolic value and religious importance of meat in The Odyssey … an enjoyable, useful and important addition to the vast field of Homeric studies.' D. Felton, The Classical Review

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This book uses the motif of 'meat' and of 'food' as a productive key for exploring some of the major issues surrounding the interpretation of the Odyssey. It draws on folklore studies, the anthropology of hunting cultures, the comparative study of oral traditions, and the agricultural history of archaic and classical Greece.

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