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West, M. L. (Martin Litchfield) 1937-2015

Works: 304 works in 1,789 publications in 11 languages and 30,466 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Sacred books  Lyric poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, Contributor, Creator, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Compiler, Commentator, sze
Classifications: PA4010.E5, 881.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by M. L West
Homers Ilias : Gesamtkommentar (Basler Kommentar/BK) ; auf der Grundlage der Ausgabe von Ameis-Hentze-Cauer (1868-1913) by Homer( )

53 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein deutschsprachiger wissenschaftlicher Gesamtkommentar zu Homers Ilias ist seit dem Kommentar von Ameis-Hentze-Cauer (1868-1913) nicht mehr erschienen. In der Zwischenzeit hat die Homer-Forschung auf sämtlichen traditionellen Teilgebieten (Sprache, Realien, Struktur usw.) erhebliche Fortschritte gemacht. Darüber hinaus sind grundsätzlich bekannte Bereiche wie z. B. die Erzählforschung auf eine systematische Grundlage gestellt worden. Schließlich sind mit Mykenologie (Linear B) und Oral-poetry- sowie Troia-Forschung gänzlich neue Möglichkeiten der Texterschließung hinzugekommen. Ausgehend von der Basis des alten Ameis-Hentze-Cauer spiegelt der Kommentar den gegenwärtigen Kenntnisstand der Homerforschung in umfassender Breite wider. Der "Basler Kommentar" zur Ilias wird von der Fachwelt als neues Grundlagenwerk weltweit stark beachtet. Ein inhaltlich und formal neuartiges Konzept kommt den Bedürfnissen unterschiedlicher Benutzergruppen entgegen. Adressaten sind Studierende und Dozenten an Universität und Schule, nicht nur der Altertumswissenschaften, sondern allgemein der Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften. Vom ursprünglichen Plan, Gesang für Gesang vorzugehen, wurde Abstand genommen. Um den gegenwärtigen Präferenzen in der Schul- und Universitätslandschaft entgegenzukommen, sollen sechs vielgelesene Homer-Gesänge bis spätestens zum Jahr 2009 verfügbar sein, und zwar die Gesänge 3 (Mauerschau, Waffenstillstandsvertrag, Zweikampf Menelaos-Paris), 6 (Diomedes-Glaukos-Episode, Hektor in Troia), 9 (Bittgesandtschaft zum grollenden Achilleus), 19 (Achills Absage an seinen Groll und Rückkehr in die Heeresgemeinschaft), 22 (Hektors Tod) und 24 (Freigabe von Hektors Leichnam an Priamos durch Achill)
Ancient Greek music by M. L West( )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 2,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusions. For most readers the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative account that presupposes no special knowledge of music. Topics covered include the place of music in Greek life; instruments; rhythm; tempo; modes and scales; melodic construction; form; ancient theory and notation; and historical development. Thirty surviving examples of Greek music are presented in modern transcription with analysis, and the book is fully illustrated with plates and diagrams. Besides being considered on its own terms, Greek music is here further illuminated by being seen in ethnological perspective, and a brief Epilogue sets it in its place in a border zone between Afro-Asiatic and European culture. The book will be of value both to classicists and historians of music
Old Avestan syntax and stylistics : with an edition of the texts by M. L West( )

20 editions published in 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first modern comprehensive account of the syntax of Old Avestan, the earliest known form of Iranian language, attested in the Gathas of Zarathushtra and the Liturgy in Seven Chapters. It is based on the most up-to-date understanding of the texts, while following traditional principles of grammatical analysis. There are also substantial sections on word order, stylistics, and figures of speech. Translations are provided for almost all passages quoted. The work will be welcomed by Iranianists as well as by historical linguists with wider Indo-European interests
Theogony by Hesiod( Book )

67 editions published between 1966 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Orphic poems by M. L West( Book )

39 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homers Ilias by Homer( )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The hymns of Zoroaster : a new translation of the most ancient sacred texts of Iran by Zoroaster( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Zoroaster was one of the greatest and most radical religious reformers in the history of the world. The faith that he founded some 2600 years ago in a remote region of central Asia flourished to become the bedrock of a great empire as well as its official religion. Zoroastrianism is still practiced today in parts of India and Iran and in smaller communities elsewhere, where its adherents are known as Parsis. It has the distinction of being one of the most ancient religions in the world: only Hinduism can lay claim to greater antiquity. The foundation texts of this venerable system of belief are the founder's own passionate poems, known as the Gathas (Songs), and a short ritual composed soon after his death, called the Liturgy in Seven Chapters. These hymns are the authentic utterances of a religious leader whose thought was way ahead of his time, and are among the most precious relics of human civilization. After so many millennia they continue to speak to us of an impressively austere theology and of an inspiring and easily understood moral code. Yet existing translations are few, divergent in their interpretations of the original Avestan language of Zoroaster, and frequently hard to access. M.L. West's new translation, based on the best modern scholarship, and augmented by a substantial introduction and notes, makes these powerfully resonant texts available to a wide audience in clear and accessible form
Greek epic fragments from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes, and poems that recount the longterm history of families or peoples. They are an important source of mythological record. Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us." "The heroic epic is represented by poems about Heracles and Theseus, and by two great epic cycles: the Theban Cycle, which tells of the failed assault on Thebes by the Seven and the subsequent successful assault by their sons; and the Trojan Cycle, which includes Cypria, Little Iliad, and The Sack of Ilion. Among the genealogical epics are poems in which Eumelus creates a prehistory for Corinth and Asius creates one for Samos. In presenting the extant fragments of these early epic poems, Martin West provides very helpful notes. His Introduction places the epics in historical context."--Jacket
Homeric hymns, Homeric apocrypha, lives of Homer by Homer( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Performances of Greek epics customarily began with a hymn to a god or goddess - as Hesiod's Theogony and Words and Days do. A collection of thirty-three such poems has come down to us from antiquity under the title "Hymns of Homer." This new Loeb Classical Library volume contains, in addition to the Hymns, fragments of five comic poems that were connected with Homer's name in or just after the Classical period (but are not today believed to be by the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey). Here too is a collection of ancient accounts of the poet's life." "The Hymns range widely in length: two are over 500 lines long; several run only a half dozen lines. Among the longest are the hymn To Demeter, which tells the foundational story of the Eleusinian Mysteries; and To Hermes, distinctive in being amusing. The comic poems gathered as Homeric Apocrypha include Margites, the Battle of Frogs and Mice, and, for the first time in English, a fragment of a perhaps earlier poem of the same type called Battle of the Weasel and the Mice. The edition of Lives of Homer contains The Contest of Homer and Hesiod and nine other biographical accounts, translated into English for the first time."--Jacket
The poems of Hesiod by Hesiod( Book )

30 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of their violent struggles before the present order was established. The Works and Days, a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry, throws a unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society, ethics, and superstition. Hesiod's poetry is the oldest source for the myths of Prometheus, Pandora, and the Golden Age"--Jacket
Studies in Greek elegy and iambus by M. L West( )

21 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in Greek Elegy and Iambus (Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte)
Iambi et elegi Graeci ante Alexandrum cantati by M. L West( Book )

110 editions published between 1971 and 2000 in 9 languages and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek metre by M. L West( Book )

27 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early Greek philosophy and the Orient by M. L West( Book )

26 editions published between 1971 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek lyric poetry : the poems and fragments of the Greek iambic, elegiac, and melic poets (excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) down to 450 B.C.( Book )

31 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Works & days by Hesiod( Book )

41 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in 6 languages and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indo-European poetry and myth by M. L West( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Topics covered include the status of poets and poetry in Indo-European societies; metre, style, and diction; gods and other supernatural beings, from Father Sky and Mother Earth to the Sun-god and his beautiful daughter, the Thunder-god and other elemental deities, and earthly orders such as Nymphs and Elves; the forms of hymns, prayers, and incantations; conceptions about the world, its origins, mankind, death, and fate; the ideology of fame and of immortalization through poetry; the typology of the king and the hero; the hero as warrior, and the conventions of battle narrative."--Jacket
The east face of Helicon : west Asiatic elements in Greek poetry and myth by M. L West( Book )

30 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ever since Neolithic times Greek lands lay open to cultural imports from western Asia: agriculture, metal-working, writing, religious institutions, artistic fashions, musical instruments, and much more. Over the last sixty years scholars have become increasingly aware of links connecting early Greek poetry with the literatures of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Canaan, and Israel. Martin Wests's new book far surpasses previous studies in comprehensiveness, demonstrating these links with massive and detailed documentation and showing that they are much more fundamental and pervasive than has hitherto been acknowledged. His survey embraces Hesiod, the Homeric epics, the lyric poets, and Aeschylus, and concludes with an illuminating discussion of possible avenues of transmission between the Orient and Greece. He believes that an age has dawned in which Hellenists will no more be able to ignore Near Eastern literature than Latinists can ignore Greek."--Jacket
The Hesiodic catalogue of women : its nature, structure, and origins by M. L West( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theogonia; [and], Opera et dies; [and], Scutum by Hesiod( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 1990 in 7 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The hymns of Zoroaster : a new translation of the most ancient sacred texts of Iran
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Gouest, Martin L. 1937-

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Litchfield West, Martin 1937-2015

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West, M. L. (Martin Litchfield), 1937-2015

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West, Martin Litchfield 1937-2015

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Ancient Greek musicTheogonyHomers IliasThe hymns of Zoroaster : a new translation of the most ancient sacred texts of IranGreek epic fragments from the seventh to the fifth centuries BCHomeric hymns, Homeric apocrypha, lives of HomerThe poems of HesiodGreek metre