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Homer’s Gods

Colin Macleod, 6 August 1981

Homer on Life and Death 
by Jasper Griffin.
Oxford, 218 pp., £12.50, July 1980, 0 19 814016 9
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by Jasper Griffin.
Oxford, 82 pp., October 1980, 0 19 287532 9
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Homer: The Odyssey 
translated by Walter Shewring.
Oxford, 346 pp., £7.95, September 1980, 0 19 251019 3
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... breathes the critical spirit of Arnold and responds to the poetry of Homer. It is fitting that Mr Shewring’s Odyssey should appear at the same time as Mr Griffin’s books, for two reasons. First, because it is a blemish in them that he quotes from the translations of Lang, Leaf and Myers, and of Butcher and Lang, which are a byword for preciosity, whereas ...

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