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Homer and War since 1900 by Peter Meineck

from The Reception of Homer since 1900

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2020

Corinne Ondine Pache
Affiliation:
Trinity University, San Antonio
Casey Dué
Affiliation:
University of Houston
Susan Lupack
Affiliation:
Macquarie University, Sydney
Robert Lamberton
Affiliation:
Washington University, St Louis
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Throughout the twentieth and first decade of the twenty-first centuries artists have used the Iliad and the Odyssey to contextualize contemporary responses to war. Many were either combatants themselves, or had been directly affected by the ravages of warfare. This essay briefly describes and contextualizes a number of poets and writers who have used Homer to help articulate their own experiences of war, including Leopold Lugones, Rupert Brooke, Simone Weil, Joseph Heller, George Seferis, Wole Soyinka, Alice Oswald and recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Print publication year: 2020

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