RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 23733785 LA Text in Greek; editorial matter in English. T1 Odyssey. Books XIX and XX Books XIX and XX A1 Homer., Rutherford, R. B., PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 1992 SN 0521345170 9780521345170 0521347602 9780521347600 AB The Odyssey, besides being one of the world's first and best adventure stories, is a poem of great subtlety, rich in irony and sophisticated characterisation. The poet's art is amply illustrated by books 19 and 20, in which Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, spends the night in his own palace and lays plans for his awesome revenge. Particularly memorable is the episode in which Penelope converses with her husband without suspecting his identity. In this edition, Richard Rutherford provides not only detailed comment on the action, characterisation and style of the books in question, but also, in an extensive introduction, a general survey of the Odyssey as a whole, laying special emphasis on the qualities of the second half of the poem. He also attempts to contribute to the literary criticism of the poem on a verbal level, by considering the poet's use of formulae, rhetorical technique, and similes. This volume is intended for readers of the Odyssey at all stages. The commentary gives extensive linguistic guidance for beginners; the introduction, in which all Greek is translated, is intended to be accessible to any readers interested in Homer as a poet, whether or not they know Greek.