Travelling Heroes: The Greek In The Epic Age Of Homer ebook
by Lane Robin Fox
Robin Lane Fox turns out to be himself, in effect, the central travelling hero of his book.
Robin Lane Fox turns out to be himself, in effect, the central travelling hero of his book. He claims in the preface to have visited "almost all the places" that he talks about. His assured knowledge of maritime winds and currents, the flow of rivers, mountain glens and passes, and local flora and fauna continually ratify this boast. And running throughout are two areas of expertise that are evident without any external evidence: horticulture and horsemanship. This is someone who lives his history.
Robin Lane Fox rejects the fashionable view of Homer and his . This remarkable and daringly original book proposes a new way of thinking about the Greeks and their myths in the age of the great Homeric hymns.
Robin Lane Fox rejects the fashionable view of Homer and his near-contemporary Hesiod as poets who owed a direct debt to texts and poems from the near East, and by following the trail of the Greek travellers shows that they were, rather, in debt to their own countrymen. With characteristic flair he reveals how these travellers, progenitors of tales which have inspired writers and historians for thousands of years, understood the world before the beginnings of philosophy and western thought.
Travelling Heroes takes us on a dazzling journey throughout the . Foxes conclusion is basically that the Greek/Euboeans were aware of Near.
The Telegraph (London). Robin Lane Fox is a Fellow and Garden Master of New College, Oxford, and a University Reader in Ancient History. His books include Alexander the Great, Pagans and Christians, The Unauthorized Version, and The Classical World. Foxes conclusion is basically that the Greek/Euboeans were aware of Near Eastern religious practices largely through individual experiences both trading and settling in places like Crete.
Praise for Robin Lane Fox’s Travelling Heroes. Fox has produced a work of prodigious scholarship. The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian
Praise for Robin Lane Fox’s Travelling Heroes. A major contribution to Classical scholarship. Strongly recommended. Clay Williams, Library Journal. intellectual discipline is impressive. The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian. Lane Fox's survey deserves to be widely read. Indeed, I cannot think of a better introduction to the subject for those with no prior knowledge.
Travelling Heroes book. It combines a lifetime's familiarity with Greek literature and history with the latest archeological discoveries and the author's own journeys to the main sites in the story to describe how particular Greeks of the eighth century.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -454) and index. Originally published in slightly different form in Great Britain as Travelling heroes: Greeks and their myths in the epic age of Homer by Allen Lane.
Includes bibliographical references (p. in 2008, and subsequently published in hardcover in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf.
Travelling Heroes is an adventure story: the tale of some 8th-century BC seafarers from Euboea (the second-largest . Robin Lane Fox begins with a simile from The Iliad.
Travelling Heroes is an adventure story: the tale of some 8th-century BC seafarers from Euboea (the second-largest island in Greece) who travelled outwards, east and west, to explore, to trade and to discover new worlds. The goddess Hera flies over the earth and the ancient poet, Homer, likens her restlessness to the cast of mind of a traveller who, having seen the world, will sometimes think, "I wish I were here, or I wish I were there. It is a sentiment a modern traveller can recognise nearly 3,000 years later.