George Chapman: Homer's Iliad

Edited by Robert S. Miola

Tudor and Stuart Translations 20

Modern Humanities Research Association

11 September 2017  •  480pp

ISBN: 978-1-781881-18-7 (hardback)  •  RRP £35, $45, €42

ISBN: 978-1-781881-19-4 (paperback)  •  RRP £20, $27, €25

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Famously praised by John Keats for speaking ‘loud and bold’, Chapman’s Homer brought Greek poetry and civilization to life for centuries of readers. Many have praised its rough energy and creativity, the crashing power of the verses, its grim depiction of life and death in war. The companion to Gordon Kendal’s edition of Chapman’s Odyssey, this edition of his Iliad features a newly edited version of the 1611 printing (including all the translator’s combative notes and commentary) in modern spelling and punctuation. The introduction, ‘Looking into Chapman’s Homer’, explores the complicated history of revision behind the text, the intermediate Latin sources, and, most important, Chapman’s early modern reception of the Iliad, that is, the later political, cultural, social, literary, moral, and theological ideas that shape his reading of the ancient Greek text. The edition provides also full textual collations, lexical and explanatory notes, a glossary, bibliography, an appendix on Chapman’s contributions to the English language, and index. Like his great contemporary and rival, William Shakespeare, Chapman was a dramatist and one of the great wordsmiths of the Renaissance, a creator of the language that we speak and write today as Modern English. Chapman’s Iliad deploys the resources of this developing English language for stunning poetic effects; this raw and powerful version of Homer’s inspired song stands also as a masterpiece of English literature.

Robert S. Miola is Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English / Lecturer in Classics at Loyola University Maryland.

Reviews:

  • ‘The MHRA edition vastly improves our ability to appreciate Chapman’s Homer as English poetry. The new edition presents a far more accessible text of Chapman’s Homer than any previous edition... The new MHRA editions undoubtedly surpass previous editions for classroom use. They make it practical, perhaps for the first time, to incorporate Chapman into courses on Jacobean poetry, on classical reception and the history of translation, on the materiality of the early modern book.’ — Sarah Van der Laan, Spenser Review 48.2.15, Spring-Summer 2018
  • ‘For the significantly improved access to Chapman’s Homer and for the rich collection of pointers in the footnotes, both of these volumes are worthy additions to the MHRA series. Miola and Kendal also allow their affection for Chapman to energize their editions, which provides the reader with some extra motivation to tackle these challenging texts.’ — Sheldon Brammall, Translation and Literature 27, 2018, 223–31
  • ‘This expertly edited volume, suitable for scholars, students, and general readers alike, significantly expands what we know about the cultural transmission of classical texts in early modern Europe. Presenting new insights regarding the reception and dissemination of Homeric epic in early modern England, it also helpfully illuminates Chapman’s specific contributions as versifier, wordsmith, and critic.’ — Melinda J. Gough, Renaissance and Reformation 42.4, Autumn 2019, 208-10
  • ‘Miola’s edition at last makes available the riches of this enormously influential translation for early modern Britain in a highly accessible and affordable publication. It constitutes an invaluable companion to the earlier publication in the series of Chapman’s Odyssey.’ — Andrew Hiscock, Modern Language Review 115.2, 2020, 445-47 (full text online)

Contents:

ix-xii
Acknowledgements
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1-18
Introduction: Looking Into Chapman’s Iliad
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19-19
Note On Editorial Procedures
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20-25
To the Reader
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26-29
The Preface To the Reader
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30-31
Of Homer
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32-50
Book One
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51-75
Book Two
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76-91
Book Three
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92-108
Book Four
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109-133
Book Five
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134-149
Book Six
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150-161
Book Seven
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162-175
Book Eight
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176-192
Book Nine
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193-206
Book Ten
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207-225
Book Eleven
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226-238
Book Twelve
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239-261
Book Thirteen
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262-275
Book Fourteen
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276-294
Book Fifteen
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295-316
Book Sixteen
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317-336
Book Seventeen
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337-352
Book Eighteen
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353-364
Book Nineteen
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365-376
Book Twenty
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377-390
Book Twenty-One
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391-402
Book Twenty-Two
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403-422
Book Twenty-Three
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423-442
Book Twenty-Four
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443-445
Textual Notes
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446-453
Glossary
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454-460
Neologisms and Contributions To the English Language
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461-463
Bibliography
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464-468
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Miola, Robert S. (ed.), George Chapman: Homer's Iliad, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 20 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 George Chapman: Homer's Iliad, ed. by Robert S. Miola, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 20 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Miola, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Miola, Robert S. (ed.). 2017. George Chapman: Homer's Iliad, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 20 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Miola 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Miola 2017: 21.

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