Introduction; Text; Commentary.
Edition for students and scholars of this climactic book in the epic featuring the fatal encounter between Hector and Achilles.
Irene J. F. de Jong holds the chair of Ancient Greek at the University of Amsterdam. She has published extensively on Homer, Herodotus and Euripides and is editing a multi-volume history of ancient Greek narrative. Some of her key publications are: Narrators and Focalizers: The Presentation of the Story in the Iliad (1987, reprinted 2004), A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and, with A. Rijksbaron, Sophocles and the Greek Language: Aspects of Diction, Syntax, and Semantics (2006).
'De Jong's emphases are outlined in the preface. She says that she
will focus on 'Homer's language ...and his narrative style ... In
my own experience, she accomplishes a great deal more, bringing out
meanings and connections that cast book 22 in an entirely fresh
light and reveal this book's close connections to the Iliad as a
whole. After reading this commentary, I felt I had experienced a
thorough review and renewal of my Iliadic self.' Edith Foster, Bryn
Mawr Classical Review
"With this slender volume I.J.F. de Jong offers a commentary that is deeply thoughtful and scholarly, but also accessible and economical in its format. It offers a teaching tool useful at the undergraduate and early graduate levels of study, since it provides not only detailed guidance for reading book 22, but also an introduction to the Iliadas a whole. Moreover, the interpretive insights offered throughout the volume will be useful to readers and scholars at any level." --BMCR