The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters


In his passionate and deeply personal book, Adam Nicholson traces out the Homeric epics and expounds their perennial power as a metaphor for what it is to be human.

The Mighty Dead is an immense journey of history and discovery through the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and their emergence from the much older Bronze Age – a world of migration and strife – when the nomadic tribes of the northern steppes clashed with the sophisticated cities of the eastern Mediterranean These stories tell us how we became who we are. In Nicholson’s exhilarating study he explores the true power of the Homeric epics, in their evocations of love and appalling violence side by side, whose unwavering subject ‘is not elegance, but truth however terrible.’

‘Thrilling and unsettling … [a] wonderfully expressive alloy of travelogue, scholarship and advocacy, which broods with heartfelt grace … Nicolson's books always shines with the Homeric virtues of eloquence, passion, generosity, audacity and candour … He does them proud’ - Boyd Tonkin, Independent


Adam Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment. He is winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the British Topography Prize and lives on at Sissinghust Castle in Kent.

Product Code 1040174
Author Adam Nicholson
Publisher Harper Collins
Published May 2014
Format Hardback
Pages 336
Dimensions 15.9 x 3.4 x 24.0 cm
ISBN 9780007335534
GTIN 9780007335534
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