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"Often illuminating... The reader will find much to welcome."

"This book is an important and admirable study. Previous scholars have written on narrative patterns in the poem, but none so thoroughly as Bruce Louden. His scholarship is up-to-date and sound throughout and his writing lucid. A balanced and polished work."

"This book achieves its purpose. It has much to teach a variety of readers: specialists in Greek literature, advanced undergraduates, and general readers interested in epic poetry and the myth."