Everyone has heard of Homer, knows the principal characters of the Iliad and the Odyssey. But our knowledge usually stops there. Pierre Vidal-Naquet, a world-renowned historian of Antiquity, uncovers the mysteries of these two great works which are the foundation of European culture and literature. He highlights the battles, voyages, relationships between humans and gods, death and power. He also retraces the history of generations who, from the Renaissance to James Joyce and Primo Levi, took from Homer the inspiration to learn, to live and to hope.
Pierre Vidal-Naquet : Historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet is director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and was formerly director of the Louis-Gernet Center founded by Jean-Pierre Vernant. He is the author of many works on both Ancient Greece and contemporary history, including Assassins of Memory (Columbia University Press, 1992) and The Jews (Columbia University Press, 1995).