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Towers of Royal City

Towers of Royal City

Author: Philip Byron Philips

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781480938885

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

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Towers of Royal City by Philip Byron Philips In the year 2086, the brightest minds gather from the farthest reaches of Earth to pursue one single goal: the successful encounter of the newly-discovered planet, Nersius III. The group of earthlings plans to establish the First Trade Confederation on Nersius and to colonize it. On Nersius, peace pervades every aspect of the native citizens’ lives. The planet has never known strife or socio-political hardship. In the Nersians, the earthlings encounter a people strikingly similar to themselves. Iron bonds of friendship and love soon form over the racial divide. But the earthlings come from a planet haunted by thousands of years of conflict and division. Can the tranquil planet of Nersius remain untainted by the bloody, violent history that the earthlings unwittingly carry with them? Or will the earthlings’ presence forever alter the harmony that has always characterized life on Nersius? Towers of Royal City testifies to the immutable truths of human existence while championing the ordinary acts of heroism that, even in the darkest times, offer salvation.

Elizabethan Renaissance

Elizabethan Renaissance

Author: Peter G. Bailey

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781483669328

Category: Fiction

Page: 637

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Seeking to turn the clock back several centuries, a dedicated group of intellectuals and servicemen set out to restore English royal prerogatives and regain lost colonies and dominions by taking advantage of political unrest in a number of countries. Through intrigue, guile, patronage, flattery and inducements they achieve some of their aims, but emotional problems frustrates others and personal ambitions intrude fatally. The tense action is gripping, unpredictable and exciting. Women readers will love the high emotion involvement as much as the men strive to keep up with the plots twist and turns. Definitely a him and her narrative with lots to discuss and fight over: better buy two books or get the spare room ready.

Taiso

Taiso

Author: Peter G. Bailey

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781483609089

Category: Fiction

Page: 692

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Kumi Takura, acclaimed Taiso in the shogun's sixteenth century samurai army, returns home after a long absence to find his sick father is about to lose his province for non-payment of tax dues. Discovering the taxes have been collected and converted by his father's unscrupulous chancellor Takura dispenses quick justice only to find settling one dispute leads to others until he finds himself fighting a full scale war to achieve justice, but his actions lead his sweetheart and a suspicious shogun to suspect his motives.

Mythology of the Iliad and the Odyssey

Mythology of the Iliad and the Odyssey

Author: Karen Bornemann Spies

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766061767

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Readers will follow Odysseus as he hides in the Trojan horse and retakes Troy, fights the Cyclops, or fights enslavement by the sorceress Circe. Author Karen Bornemann Spies details the heroic adventures in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, and includes informative interpretation and expert commentary, as well as a Question and Answer section.

Reading the Odyssey

Reading the Odyssey

Author: Seth L. Schein

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691214146

Category: Literary Criticism

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This wide-ranging collection makes available to specialists and nonspecialists alike important critical work on the Odyssey produced during the last half century. The ten essays address five major concerns: the poem's programmatic representation of social and religious institutions and values; its transformation of folktales and traditional stories into epic adventures; its representation of gender roles and, in particular, of Penelope; its narrative strategies and form; and its relation to the Iliad, especially to that epic's distinctive conception of heroism. In the introduction, Seth L. Schein describes the poetic background to the work and suggests a variety of interpretive approaches, some of which are developed in the essays that follow. These essays include previously published work by Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Pietro Pucci, and Charles P. Segal. There also are a new essay by Laura M. Slatkin, two revised and expanded ones by Nancy Felson-Rubin and Michael N. Nagler, and three appearing in English for the first time by Uvo Hlscher, Karl Reinhardt, and Vernant. The result is a collection that juxtaposes older, often hard-to-find articles with significant newer pieces in a way that allows for a fruitful dialogue among them.

Understanding the Odyssey

Understanding the Odyssey

Author: Claudia Durst Johnson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313308819

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Offers a literary analysis of Homer's "Odyssey" and provides excerpts from classical and scholarly resources to help place the work in its historical context.

The "Odyssey" Re-formed

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Author: Frederick Ahl

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501720451

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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Frederick Ahl and Hanna M. Roisman believe that contemporary readers who do not know ancient Greek can gain a sophisticated grasp of the Odyssey if they are aware of some of the issues that intrigue and puzzle the experts. They offer a challenging new reading of the epic that is directed to the general student of literature as well as to the classicist. Ahl and Roisman suggest that, while translators have served the Odyssey and its English-speaking readers remarkably well, the nonspecialist wishing to do a more detailed, critical reading of the epic faces a dilemma. The enormous scholarly literature makes few concessions to the nonspecialist, and those studies designed for general readers tend to offer variations on the overly simple, idealized readings of the epic common in high school and college survey courses. The Odyssey Re-Formed offers a lively and detailed reading of the Odyssey, episode by episode, with particular attention paid to the manipulative power of its language and Homer's skill in using that power. The authors explore how myth is shaped for specific, rhetorical reasons and suggest ways in which the epic uses its audience's awareness of the varied pool of mythic traditions to give the Odyssey remarkable and subtle resonances that have profound poetic power.

The Bow and the Lyre

The Bow and the Lyre

Author: Seth Benardete

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780742565968

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 177

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In this exciting interpretation of the Odyssey, the late renowned scholar Seth Benardete suggests that Homer may have been the first to philosophize in a Platonic sense. He argues that the Odyssey concerns precisely the relation between philosophy and poetry and, more broadly, the rational and the irrational in human beings. In light of this possibility, Bernardete works back and forth from Homer to Plato to examine the relation between wisdom and justice and tries to recover an original understanding of philosophy that Plato, too, recovered by reflecting on the wisdom of the poet. At stake in his argument is no less than the history of philosophy and the ancient understanding of poetry. The Bow and the Lyre is a book that every classicist and historian of philosophy should have.

The Roman Gaze

The Roman Gaze

Author: David Fredrick

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801869617

Category: History

Page: 370

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Sharrock.--William C. Fitzgerald, University of California, Berkeley "American Historical Review"

Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1

Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781423141570

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 115

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Giants and Cannibals! Wonders and Witches! One Amazing Hero. Brave Odysseus is far from home, tossed by stormy seas, and cursed by an angry one-eyed giant. If he ever wants to see his family again, he will have to face hungry cannibals, outwit a beautiful witch, and sail past a six-headed serpent. His journey is the ultimate test of endurance and courage. In this exciting series, best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne retells Homer's Odyssey, one of the most thrilling adventure stories of all time.

The Making of the Odyssey

The Making of the Odyssey

Author: M. L. West

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191028151

Category: History

Page: 368

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The poet of the Odyssey was a seriously flawed genius. He had a wonderfully inventive imagination, a gift for pictorial detail and for introducing naturalistic elements into epic dialogue, and a grand architectural plan for the poem. He was also a slapdash artist, often copying verses from the Iliad or from himself without close attention to their suitability. With various possible ways of telling the story bubbling up in his mind, he creates a narrative marked by constant inconsistency of detail. He is a fluent composer who delights in prolonging his tale with subsidiary episodes, yet his deployment of the epic language is often inept and sometimes simply unintelligible. The Making of the Odyssey is a penetrating study of the background, composition, and artistry of the Homeric Odyssey. Martin West places the poem in its late seventh-century context in relation to the Iliad and other poetry of the time. He also investigates the traditions that lie behind it: the origins of the figure of Odysseus, and folk tales such as those of the One-eyed Ogre and the Husband's Return.