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West, M. L. (Martin Litchfield) 1937-

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Works: 289 works in 1,133 publications in 10 languages and 22,614 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Sacred books  Biography 
Roles: Compiler, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of introduction, Collaborator, Commentator, Dedicatee, Creator
Classifications: PA4010.E5, 881.01
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Ancient Greek music by M. L West ( )
22 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ancient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusions. For most readers the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative account that presupposes no special knowledge of music. Topics covered include the place of music in Greek life; instruments; rhythm; tempo; modes and scales; melodic construction; form; ancient theory and notation; and historical development. Thirty surviving examples of Greek music are presented in modern transcription with analysis, and the book is fully illustrated with plates and diagrams. Besides being considered on its own terms, Greek music is here further illuminated by being seen in ethnological perspective, and a brief Epilogue sets it in its place in a border zone between Afro-Asiatic and European culture. The book will be of value both to classicists and historians of music
The hymns of Zoroaster a new translation of the most ancient sacred texts of Iran by Zoroaster ( )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zoroaster was one of the greatest and most radical religious reformers in the history of the world. The faith that he founded some 2600 years ago in a remote region of central Asia flourished to become the bedrock of a great empire as well as its official religion. Zoroastrianism is still practised today in parts of India and Iran and in smaller communities elsewhere, where its adherents are known as Parsis. It has the distinction of being one of the most ancient religions in the world: only Hinduism can lay claim to greater antiquity. The foundation texts of this venerable system of belief ar
Theogony by Hesiod ( Book )
48 editions published between 1966 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hesiod's straightforward account of family conflict among the gods is the best and earliest evidence of what the ancient Greeks believed about the beginning of the world
The Orphic poems by M. L West ( Book )
23 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theogony ; and, Works and days by Hesiod ( Book )
20 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Hesiod, one of the oldest known Greek poets, stand out as the first personality in European literature." "The Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of their violent struggles before the present order was established. The Works and Days, a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry, throws a unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society, ethics, and superstition. Hesiod's poetry is the oldest source for the myths of Prometheus, Pandora, and the Golden Age." "Unlike Homer, Hesiod tells us about himself and his family (he lived in central Greece in the late eighth century BC). This new translation by a leading expert combines accuracy with readability."--Jacket
Greek epic fragments from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC ( Book )
11 editions published in 2003 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes, and poems that recount the longterm history of families or peoples. They are an important source of mythological record. Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us." "The heroic epic is represented by poems about Heracles and Theseus, and by two great epic cycles: the Theban Cycle, which tells of the failed assault on Thebes by the Seven and the subsequent successful assault by their sons; and the Trojan Cycle, which includes Cypria, Little Iliad, and The Sack of Ilion. Among the genealogical epics are poems in which Eumelus creates a prehistory for Corinth and Asius creates one for Samos. In presenting the extant fragments of these early epic poems, Martin West provides very helpful notes. His Introduction places the epics in historical context."--BOOK JACKET
Homeric hymns, Homeric apocrypha, lives of Homer by Homer ( Book )
15 editions published in 2003 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Performances of Greek epics customarily began with a hymn to a god or goddess - as Hesiod's Theogony and Words and Days do. A collection of thirty-three such poems has come down to us from antiquity under the title "Hymns of Homer." This new Loeb Classical Library volume contains, in addition to the Hymns, fragments of five comic poems that were connected with Homer's name in or just after the Classical period (but are not today believed to be by the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey). Here too is a collection of ancient accounts of the poet's life." "The Hymns range widely in length: two are over 500 lines long; several run only a half dozen lines. Among the longest are the hymn To Demeter, which tells the foundational story of the Eleusinian Mysteries; and To Hermes, distinctive in being amusing. The comic poems gathered as Homeric Apocrypha include Margites, the Battle of Frogs and Mice, and, for the first time in English, a fragment of a perhaps earlier poem of the same type called Battle of the Weasel and the Mice. The edition of Lives of Homer contains The Contest of Homer and Hesiod and nine other biographical accounts, translated into English for the first time."--BOOK JACKET
Greek metre by M. L West ( Book )
19 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Old Avestan syntax and stylistics with an edition of the texts by M. L West ( )
12 editions published in 2011 in English and German and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Main description: This is the first modern comprehensive account of the syntax of Old Avestan, the earliest known form of Iranian language, attested in the Gathas of Zarathushtra and the Liturgy in Seven Chapters. It is based on the most up-to-date understanding of the texts, while following traditional principles of grammatical analysis. There are also substantial sections on word order, stylistics, and figures of speech. Translations are provided for almost all passages quoted. The work will be welcomed by Iranianists as well as by historical linguists with wider Indo-European interests
Early Greek philosophy and the Orient by M. L West ( Book )
21 editions published between 1971 and 2002 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Greek lyric poetry : the poems and fragments of the Greek iambic, elegiac, and melic poets (excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) down to 450 B.C. by M. L West ( Book )
20 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Iambi et elegi Graeci ante Alexandrum cantati by M. L West ( Book )
59 editions published between 1971 and 1998 in 7 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Works & days by Hesiod ( Book )
33 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in 6 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Homers Ilias Gesamtkommentar (Basler Kommentar / Bk.) by Homer ( )
3 editions published in 2009 in German and Greek, Ancient and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since Ameis-Hentze-Cauer (1868-1913) no comprehensive, scholarly commentary of Homer's Iliad has been published in German. In the meantime considerable progress has been made in many traditional areas of Homeric studies (language, realia, structure etc.)
Studies in Greek elegy and iambus by M. L West ( Book )
15 editions published in 1974 in 3 languages and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studies in Greek Elegy and Iambus (Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte)
Indo-European poetry and myth by M. L West ( Book )
25 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Topics covered include the status of poets and poetry in Indo-European societies; metre, style, and diction; gods and other supernatural beings, from Father Sky and Mother Earth to the Sun-god and his beautiful daughter, the Thunder-god and other elemental deities, and earthly orders such as Nymphs and Elves; the forms of hymns, prayers, and incantations; conceptions about the world, its origins, mankind, death, and fate; the ideology of fame and of immortalization through poetry; the typology of the king and the hero; the hero as warrior, and the conventions of battle narrative."--BOOK JACKET
The Hesiodic catalogue of women : its nature, structure, and origins by M. L West ( Book )
11 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Homers Ilias Gesamtkommentar (Basler Kommentar / Bk) by Homer ( )
3 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Homers Ilias Gesamtkommentar (Basler Kommentar / Bk.) by Homer ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in German and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The east face of Helicon : west Asiatic elements in Greek poetry and myth by M. L West ( Book )
18 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Ever since Neolithic times Greek lands lay open to cultural imports from western Asia: agriculture, metal-working, writing, religious institutions, artistic fashions, musical instruments, and much more. Over the last sixty years scholars have become increasingly aware of links connecting early Greek poetry with the literatures of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Canaan, and Israel. Martin Wests's new book far surpasses previous studies in comprehensiveness, demonstrating these links with massive and detailed documentation and showing that they are much more fundamental and pervasive than has hitherto been acknowledged. His survey embraces Hesiod, the Homeric epics, the lyric poets, and Aeschylus, and concludes with an illuminating discussion of possible avenues of transmission between the Orient and Greece. He believes that an age has dawned in which Hellenists will no more be able to ignore Near Eastern literature than Latinists can ignore Greek."--BOOK JACKET
 
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Gouest, Martin L., 1937-
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