De novis libris iudicia Fowler , R . (ed.), Th e Cambridge Companion to Homer . Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004. xvi, 419 p. Pr. £18.99 (pb) / £45 (hb). Th ere is currently no shortage of Homeric handbooks: aft er (Brill’s) New Com- panion to Homer (B), dating already a bit longer back (1997), we now have Th e Cambridge Companion to Homer (C), the subject of this review, and Blackwell’s Companion to Ancient Epic (Bl), both published in 2004. Th ese three volumes— inevitably—for a great part deal with the same subjects (the Homeric question: B+C; the formula: B+C; structure of the Iliad and Odyssey : B+C+Bl; historical background: B+C+Bl; gods: C+Bl; epic as genre: B+C+Bl; women: C+Bl), in chapters which are occasionally even by the same authors (Lamberton writes about Homer in antiquity in both B and Bl; Raaflaub about Homeric society in both B and Bl; Edmunds on myth in both B and Bl). Th e one big difference of C in comparison to both B and Bl is its section on ancient and modern recep- tion, which ranges from chapters on Homer and Greek literature, via Homer and the romantics, to contemporary receptions
Mnemosyne – Brill
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