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  2. 1) Commentaries keyed to Lattimore's translation 2 items
    1. Homer's Iliad: a Commentary on Three Translations - Peter V. Jones 2003

      Book Essential Note that this is a compulsory purchase.

    2. Homer's Iliad: a Commentary on the Translation of Richmond Lattimore - Norman Postlethwaite 2000

      Book  Less detailed than Jones but still worth consulting.

  3. 2) Useful Reference Works, Introductions and Surveys 8 items
    1. Homer: The Iliad - William Allan 2012

      Book  Very accessible and clear.

    2. The Homer Encyclopedia - Margalit Finkelberg 2011

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book. The first comprehensive reference work encompassing "the world and artistry of Homer, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and Homeric reception": over 1000 brief article-entries. Great for looking up critical issues, themes or names/places in the text which you do not understand.

    3. Homer - Barbara Graziosi 2016

      Book  Up-to-date: see especially parts I & II

    4. Homer on Life and Death - Jasper Griffin 1980

      Book  Good for basics

    5. Homer's Iliad: a Commentary on Three Translations - Peter V. Jones 2003

      Book  Believes in "monumental" composer ('the poet', 'Homer') c.700 BC. But the best thing for initial orientation as you go through the text.

    6. A New Companion to Homer - Ed. Ian Morris, Barry B. Powell 1997

      Book  Highly recommended for understanding issues of oral poetics and context of performance.

    7. Homer - R. B. Rutherford

      Book  Very good, if brief.

    8. Homer, The Iliad - M. S. Silk 1987

      Book  Very good, if brief.

  4. 3) Detailed Commentaries on the Greek Text 11 items
    Each of these volumes has an introduction discussing different aspects of the poem as a whole. (See Jones 2003, p.43 for some pointers here). The commentaries themselves are keyed to the Greek text and so are much less accessible for Classical Studies students than the items in section 1. But igven that Lattimore's line numbers match the Greek text, you may find them useful for some specific queries or for introductory material highlighted below. If you can reda German, you may also profit from the new series of commentaries under the general editorship of J. Latacz (see SAULCAT).
    1. The Iliad: a Commentary, Vol. 5: Books 17-20 - Mark W. Edwards, Ed. G. S. Kirk 1991

      Book  Introduction is good on themes and similes.

    2. Iliad, Book VI - Barbara Graziosi, Johannes Haubold, Homer 2010

      Book  Good intro on composition/oral features of poem and role of Book 6.

    3. Iliad, Book Nine - Jasper Griffin, Homer 1995

      Book  Good introduction on speeches in Book 9.

    4. The Iliad: a commentary, Vol.3: Books 9-12 - Ed. G. S. Kirk, J. B. Hainsworth, Homer 1993

      Book 

    5. The Iliad: a Commentary, Vol. 4: Books 13-16 - Richard Janko, Ed. G. S. Kirk 1992

      Book 

    6. Iliad: Book XXII - Irene J. F. de Jong, Homer 2012

      Book  Very good accessible introduction on narrative technique and role of book.

    7. Iliad, Book XXIV - C. W. Macleod, Homer 1982

      Book  Recommended introduction on role of Book 24 and "tragic" themes in poem.

    8. Iliad Book One: Homer - Simon Pulleyn, Homer 2000

      Book  Edited with an introduction, translation (from the Ancient Greek) and commentary. Useful introduction but a little old-fashioned in its approach to oral - derived politics.

    9. The Iliad: a Commentary, Vol.6: Books 21-24 - N. J. Richardson, Ed. G. S. Kirk 1993

      Book 

  5. 4) Good Collections of Essays 5 items
    1. Oxford Readings in Homer's Iliad - Douglas L. Cairns 2001

      Book  The introduction gives an excellent overview of themes in the modern study of Homer plus classic articles reprinted.

    2. Homer: Readings and Images - Open University 1992

      Book 

    3. Homer - Ian McAuslan, Ed. Peter Walcot, R. B. Rutherford 1998

      Book 

    4. The Cambridge Companion to Homer - Robert Fowler 2004

      Book  Gives an excellent overview of key themes in the modern study of Homer.

    5. A New Companion to Homer - Ed. Ian Morris, Barry B. Powell 1997

      Book Recommended Highly recommended for understanding issues of oral poetics and context of performance.

  6. 5) Some key studies of the Iliad 25 items
    1. Homer: Poet of the Iliad - Mark W. Edwards 1987

      Book 

    2. Homer: Tradition and Invention - Bernard C. Fenik 1978

      Book 

    3. Homer: the Poetry of the Past - Andrew Laughlin Ford 1992

      Book Recommended

    4. Homer on Life and Death - Jasper Griffin 1980

      Book Recommended Still superb on pathos, similes and imagery.

    5. The Epic Cycle and the Uniqueness of Homer - Jasper Griffin 1977

      Article  Reprinted in D.L. Cairns (ed.) "Oxford Readings in Homer's Iliad (Oxford 2001) p365-84.

    6. Homer, His Art and His World - Joachim Latacz, James P. Holoka 1996

      Book Recommended Recommended, although controversial in some of its assertions.

    7. Homer on Poetry and the Poetry of Homer - C.W. Macleod 1983

      Chapter  Originally printed in "Collected Papers" (Oxford 1983).

    8. The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad - Richard P. Martin 1989

      Book Recommended Highly recommended: on the importance of "speech genres to the heroes" characterization and identity.

    9. Similes in the Homeric poems - Carroll Moulton 1977

      Book 

    10. Pity and Pathos in Homer - M. Scott 1979

      Article 

    11. Homer and the Sacred City - Stephen Scully 1994

      Book  Good on the Trojans.

    12. The Shield of Homer: Narrative Structure in the Iliad - Keith Stanley 1993

      Book  Dense but interesting.

    13. Agamemnon's role in the Iliad - O. Taplin

      Chapter Recommended

    14. "The Shield of Achilles within the Iliad" - O. Taplin 1980

      Chapter Recommended

  7. 6) Religion, Ritual and "The Gods" in the Iliad 22 items
    This is a vast area and useful chapters and entries will also be found in items under 2 and 4 above.
    1. Hiketeia - John Gould 1973

      Article  A key study of supplication.

    2. Homer: the Resonance of Epic - Barbara Graziosi, Johannes Haubold 2005

      Book Recommended Especially Chapter 3.

    3. Homer on Life and Death - Jasper Griffin 1980

      Book  Especially pp. 144 - 204

    4. Ancient Greek Religion: a Sourcebook - Emily Kearns 2010

      Book  Lots on Homer and well-contextualised/explained.

    5. Prayer - D. Lateiner

      Chapter 

    6. The Justice of Zeus - Hugh Lloyd-Jones 1983

      Book  Especially Chapters 1 and 2.

    7. A Companion to Greek Religion - Daniel Ogden 2007

      Book  Use index and table of contents as many chapters discuss Homer briefly.

    8. Religions of the Ancient Greeks - S. R. F. Price 1999

      Book  Especially Chapter 1.

    9. Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City-State - Richard Seaford 1994

      Book  Good on hero cult, use index.

    10. Homeric Morality - Naoko Yamagata 1994

      Book Recommended See part One on the gods' (im)morality

  8. 7) Ethics, Values and Politics in the Iliad 32 items
    This is a vast area and useful chapters and entries will also be found in items under 2 and 4 above.
    1. Homeric Values and Homeric Society. - A. W. H. Adkins 1971

      Article  Old "primitivist" reading and too focused on "competitive" and "selfish" values but still worth a read.

    2. Conflict and Community in the Iliad - W. Allan, D. Cairns

      Chapter Recommended

    3. Affronts and Quarrels in the Iliad - D. L. Cairns

      Chapter Recommended

    4. Values - D.L. Cairns

      Chapter Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book. Recommended as a starting point.

    5. Shame - D.L. Cairns

      Chapter Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book. Recommended as a starting point.

    6. Honor - D.L. Cairns

      Chapter Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book. Recommended as a starting point.

    7. Reciprocities in Homer - Walter Donlan 1982

      Article  Seminal

    8. The Poetics of Consent: Collective Decision Making and the Iliad - David F. Elmer 2013

      Book  Complex: Argues for the consent of the Greek army as an analogue to the shaping/fixing of epic tradition.

    9. Hiketeia - John Gould 1973

      Article 

    10. Homer's Iliad: a Commentary on Three Translations - Peter V. Jones 2003

      Book Essential A good starting point

    11. Euboulia in the Iliad - Malcolm Schofield 1986

      Article  Argues for the sophistication of decision-making and deliberation by Homer's heroes : seminal.

    12. Shame and Necessity - Bernard Williams 1993

      Book 

    13. Homeric Morality - Naoko Yamagata 1994

      Book Recommended

  9. 'Society', Gender and Historicity 22 items
    Also see the essays in Part IV of Powell and Morris' New Companion to Homer (1997) and further relevant entries in Finkelberg's the Homer Encyclopaedia.
    1. Gender - L.E. Doherty

      Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book. Good starting point.

    2. Reciprocities in Homer - Walter Donlan 1982

      Article  Seminal: Argues that Homeric "society" is largely consistent .

    3. Gender and Homeric Epic - N. Felson, L.M. Slatkin

      Chapter Recommended

    4. The World of Odysseus - M. I. Finley 1979

      Book  Now to be used with care but a classic nonetheless.

    5. The Trojan War: its Historicity and Context - Lin Foxhall, John Kenyon Davies, Greenbank Colloquium 1984

      Book 

    6. Women - D. Lyons

      Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book. Good starting point.

    7. The Use and Abuse of Homer - Ian Morris 1986

      Article Recommended Reprinted in D. Cairns 'Oxford Readings in Homer's Iliad' (Oxford, 2001)

    8. Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC - Robin Osborne 2009

      Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    9. Homeric Society - K. Raaflaub

      Chapter 

    10. Society, Homeric - K. Raaflaub

      Chapter  Available in Library and as an e-book. Note that Raaflaub sees Homeric Society as more 'consistent' and related to the (slightly earlier) real society of the poem's first audiences than many scholars do.

    11. Historicity of Homer - K. Raaflaub

      Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  10. 9) Oral/oral-derived epic poetry, composition, and the 'Homeric Question' 16 items
    See also relevant entries in M. Finkelberg (ed.) 'The Homer Encyclopaedia' (2011). See also pieces by Foley, Turner, Russo, Willcock and Bakker in Morris and Powell (eds.) a 'New Companion to Homer' (1977). For specific markers of orality in the Iliad, see items under 10.
    1. B. Fenik Typical Battle Scenes in the Iliad (Wiesbaden 1968)

    2. Homer's Traditional Art - John Miles Foley 1999

      Book Recommended

    3. Epic as Genre - J. M. Foley

      Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book. Compares The Iliad with other oral/oral-derived epics and traditions.

    4. The Homeric Question - R Fowler

      Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    5. The Penguin Book of Oral Poetry - Ruth H. Finnegan 1978

      Book 

    6. Iliad, Book VI - Barbara Graziosi, Johannes Haubold, Homer 2010

      Book  See pp. 8-24 on composition questions/oral-derived features of the poem.

    7. Homer's Iliad: a Commentary on Three Translations - Peter V. Jones 2003

      Book  Good place to start: see pp. 11-23, pp. 32-43

    8. Homer and the Oral Tradition - Geoffrey Stephen Kirk 1976

      Book 

    9. Remarks on the Homeric Question - H. Lloyd-Jones

      Chapter  Reprinted in Greek Epic, Lyric and Tragedy (Oxford 1990) 3-20.

    10. The Singer of Tales - Albert B. Lord 1960

      Book Recommended

    11. Homeric Questions - Gregory Nagy 1996

      Book Recommended

    12. The Making of Homeric Verse - Milman Parry 1971

      Book 

  11. 10) Epic Tradition; 'Poetics'; 'Typical Features' and Narrative Techniques of the Iliad 40 items
    1. i) The Epic Cycle 6 items
      1. The Epic Cycle and the Uniqueness of Homer - Jasper Griffin 1977

        Article  {Reprinted in D.L. Cairns (ed.) Oxford Readings in Homer’s Iliad (Oxford 2001) 365-84)

      2. The Epic Cycle - Malcolm Davies 1989

        Book 

    2. ii) Epic Tradition, the Muses, Memory and 'Poetics' 10 items
      1. Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics - Egbert J. Bakker 2005

        Book  Complex: argues that Homeric narration brings the epic past into the present and before the eyes and ears of the audience.

      2. Homer's Trojan Theater: Space, Vision, and Memory in the Iliad - Jenny Strauss Clay 2011

        Book  On Homeric ‘vividness’,spectacle and visuality; the remarkable consistency of Homer’s depiction of space and movement of characters through it.

      3. Homer: the Poetry of the Past - Andrew Laughlin Ford 1992

        Book Recommended

      4. Homer: the Resonance of Epic - Barbara Graziosi, Johannes Haubold 2005

        Book Recommended Sees the Iliad as part of a wider traditional ‘cosmic’ history.

      5. Iliad, Book VI - Barbara Graziosi, Johannes Haubold, Homer 2010

        Book Recommended See pp. 1-24

      6. Homer on Poetry and the Poetry of Homer - C.W. MacLeod

        Chapter  Reprinted in D.L. Cairns (ed.) Oxford Readings in Homer’s Iliad (Oxford 2001) 294-310

      7. The Best of the Achaeans - Gregory Nagy 1979

        Book Recommended

      8. The Wrath of Thetis - Laura M. Slatkin 1986

        Article  Also in D. Cairns Oxford Readings in Homer’s Iliad (Oxford 2001)

    3. iii) Typical Features, Oral-derived Elements, Narrative Techniques and Structure 14 items
      1. Similes and other Likenesses - R. Buxton

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Homer's Trojan Theater: Space, Vision, and Memory in the Iliad - Jenny Strauss Clay 2011

        Book Recommended On Homeric ‘vividness’,spectacle and visuality; the remarkable consistency of Homer’s depiction of space and movement of characters through it.

      3. I. J.F. de Jong Homer Iliad Book XXII (Cambridge 2011), pp. 1-28. [recommended]

      4. The Iliad: a Commentary, Vol. 5: Books 17-20 - Mark W. Edwards, Ed. G. S. Kirk 1991

        Book  Introduction is good on themes and similes.

      5. Iliad, Book VI - Barbara Graziosi, Johannes Haubold, Homer 2010

        Book  See pp. 24 -58

      6. The Speeches - J. Griffin

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      7. Homer, His Art and His World - Joachim Latacz, James P. Holoka 1996

        Book Recommended

      8. The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad - Richard P. Martin 1989

        Book Recommended Excellent on the importance of speeches as heroic "performance".

      9. Similes in the Homeric poems - Carroll Moulton 1977

        Book 

      10. The Iliad: a Commentary, Vol.6: Books 21-24 - N. J. Richardson, Ed. G. S. Kirk 1993

        Book  See pp. 1 -19 on structure and themes.

      11. The Shield of Homer: Narrative Structure in the Iliad - Keith Stanley 1993

        Book  Dense but interesting on structure

    4. iv) The relationship between Homer and the Visual Arts 3 items
      1. Homer and the Artists - A. M. Snodgrass 1998

        Book 

    5. v) Visual representations of scenes 'from the Iliad' 7 items
      1. The Iliad in Early Greek Art - Knud Friis Johansen 1967

        Book 

      2. Myth into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece - H. A. Shapiro 1994

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. K. Schefold Gods and Heroes in Late Archaic Greek Art (Cambridge 1992)

      4. D. von Bothmer "The death of Sarpedon" in S.L. Hyatt (ed) The Greek Vase (New York, 1981) pp63-80

      5. The Trojan War in Ancient Art - Susan Woodford 1993

        Book 

  12. 11) Later Reception 6 items
    1. Homer's Readers - Howard W. Clarke 1981

      Book 

    2. Homer's Ancient Readers - ed. Robert Lamberton, ed. John J. Keaney 1992

      Book 

    3. Homer and the Critics - Andrew Lang, Alexander Shewan 1908

      Book 

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