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Why Homer Matters is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by Homer's poems and their metaphors of life and trouble.

Full Synopsis
Adam Nicolson sees the Iliad and the Odyssey as the foundation myths of Greek—and our—consciousness, collapsing the passage of 4,000 years and making the distant past of the Mediterranean world as immediate to us as the events of our own time.

Homer's poems occupy, as Adam Nicolson writes "a third space" in the way we relate to the past: not as memory, which lasts no more than three generations, nor as the objective accounts of history, but as epic, invented after memory but before history, poetry which aims "to bind the wounds that time inflicts."

The Homeric poems are among the oldest stories we have, drawing on deep roots in the Eurasian steppes beyond the Black Sea?. These poems, which ask the eternal questions about the individual and the community, honor and service, love and war, tell us how we became who we are.

"[I]t's in the lengthy quotations from Homer that Lee really shines, giving us a taste of what a bardic recitation might have sounded like." ---AudioFile

"Nicolson's spirited exploration illuminates our own indelible past." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Nicolson's penetrative insight into the Homeric universe is a largely successful piece of scholarship accessible to a wide audience." ---Publishers Weekly

"Nicolson offers a sprawling, lyrical, and frequently intimate exploration of the epic poet." ---Booklist
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Why Homer Matters

Author Adam Nicolson

Narrated by John Lee

Publication date Mar 17, 2015

Running time 10 hrs

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