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Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes (Hardcover) (Jessica Wolfe)

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From antiquity through the Renaissance, Homer’s epic poems – the Iliad, theOdyssey, and the various mock-epics incorrectly ascribed to him – served as a lens through which readers, translators, and writers interpreted contemporary conflicts. They looked to Homer for wisdom about the danger and the value of strife, embracing his works as a mythographic shorthand with which to describe and interpret the era’s intellectual, political, and theological struggles.

Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes elegantly exposes the ways in which writers and thinkers as varied as Erasmus, Rabelais, Spenser, Milton, and Hobbes presented Homer as a great champion of conflict or its most eloquent critic. Jessica Wolfe weaves together an exceptional range of sources, including manuscript commentaries, early modern marginalia, philosophical and political treatises, and the visual arts. Wolfe’s transnational and multilingual study is a landmark work in the study of classical reception that has a great deal to offer to anyone examining the literary, political, and intellectual life of early modern Europe.

From antiquity through the Renaissance, Homer?s epic poems ? the Illiad, theOdyssey, and the various mock-epics incorrectly ascribed to him ? served as a lens through which readers, translators, and writers interpreted contemporary conflicts. They looked to Homer for wisdom about the danger and the value of strife, embracing his works as a mythographic shorthand with which to describe and interpret the era?s intellectual, political, and theological struggles.

Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes elegantly exposes the ways in which writers and thinkers as varied as Erasmus, Rabelais, Spenser, Milton, and Hobbes presented Homer as a great champion of conflict or its most eloquent critic. Jessica Wolfe weaves together an exceptional range of sources, including manuscript commentaries, early modern marginalia, philosophical and political treaties, and the visual arts. Wolfe?s transnational and multilingual study is a landmark work in the study of classical reception that has a great deal to offer to anyone examining the literary, political, and intellectual life of early modern Europe.

Number of Pages: 607.0
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Ancient + Classical
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Author: Jessica Wolfe
Language: English
Street Date: August 26, 2015
TCIN: 21532468
UPC: 9781442650268
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-4642

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