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Homer's Odyssey A Commentary   By: (1841-1925)

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Homer's Odyssey A Commentary by Denton Jaques Snider provides readers with an insightful and thought-provoking analysis of one of the most renowned epic poems in history. Snider's commentary offers a deep understanding of Homer's work, further enriching the reading experience for both newcomers and seasoned enthusiasts of ancient Greek literature.

The book begins with a comprehensive introduction that sets the stage for the Odyssey's narrative. Snider flawlessly captures the essence of the epic, discussing the major themes and characters, as well as the historical and cultural context surrounding the poem. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Snider expertly guides readers through the many intricacies and complexities found within Homer's text.

One of the standout features of Snider's commentary is his ability to bring Homer's characters to life. Through his detailed analysis, readers gain a deeper understanding of the thoughts, motivations, and emotions of the various heroes and villains encountered throughout the Odyssey. Snider's insights help illuminate the moral dilemmas faced by characters like Odysseus, Penelope, and the numerous gods and goddesses who play a significant role in the story.

Moreover, the author's impressive scholarship shines through in his meticulous examination of the text. Snider delves into the technical aspects of Homer's language, unraveling the intricacies of the poet's use of metaphor, symbolism, and imagery. This attention to detail fosters a greater appreciation for the craftsmanship of the original work, allowing readers to engage on a more profound level with the Odyssey's rich literary tapestry.

While the commentary delves into the depths of the text, it remains accessible and engaging throughout. Snider's writing style is both scholarly and captivating, fostering a pleasing balance between academic rigor and reader-friendly prose. Even readers with limited prior knowledge of ancient Greek literature will find themselves effortlessly drawn into the world of the Odyssey.

However, it is important to note that this commentary assumes some familiarity with Homer's epic. Due to the book's in-depth analysis, readers who have not read the Odyssey previously may find it challenging to fully appreciate Snider's commentary. Consequently, it is most suitable for those seeking a deeper understanding of the work rather than an introduction to it.

In conclusion, Homer's Odyssey A Commentary by Denton Jaques Snider is an exceptional resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this timeless epic. Snider's profound insights and dedication to detail create a commentary that both illuminates the text and captivates the reader. While it may not be the ideal starting point for newcomers to the Odyssey, those who have already experienced Homer's masterpiece will find this commentary to be a valuable companion, shedding new light on an epic that continues to resonate with readers centuries later.

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Homer's Odyssey.

A Commentary


Denton J. Snider

The Sigma Publishing Co. 10 Van Buren St., Chicago, Ill. 210 Pine St., St. Louis, Mo.






ULYSSIAD 121 (1) OCYGIA 129 (2) PHÆACIA 156 (3) FABLELAND 231


ITHAKEIAD 396 BOOKS 13 16 (PREPARATION) 407 BOOKS 17 24 (EXECUTION) 461 (1) WRONG (17 21) 468 (2) PUNISHMENT (22) 495 (3) RECONCILIATION (23 4) 500




The Odyssey starts by organizing itself; it maps out its own structure in what may be called a General Introduction. Herein lies a significant difference between it and the Iliad, which has simply an Invocation to the Muse, and then leaps into the thick of the action... Continue reading book >>

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