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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479230626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479230624
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,425,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 27, 2010
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Nietzsche is considered one of the most original and controversial of the nineteenth century philosophers. His reputation stems both from the originality of his ideas as well as from the bold and forceful style of writing that he employed.

Nietzsche started his career as a classical philologist, and at age 24 he was appointed the chair of the classical philology department at the University of Basel. This was primarily due to the high reputation for brilliance that he enjoyed, as at the time he had still not finished his doctoral dissertation. "Homer and the Classical Philology" was Nietzsche's inaugural address delivered on May 28th 1869. Even though this lecture is very short and deals with classical philology and not philosophy, those who are familiar with Nietzsche's later works will readily recognize some of the essential characteristics of his writing and thinking styles: original and innovative imagery, willingness to grapple head on with some pretty big ideas, and unwavering assurance in his own vision and beliefs. Rhetorically this is a very powerful lecture, and whether or not you are interested in Nietzsche, philosophy or the classics you are bound to appreciate the sheer brilliance behind it. This is also a very good translation, and the language feels very fresh and contemporary. Overall, this is one of my favorite new discoveries among the freely accessible Kindle books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christopher on August 23, 2012
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This is an extremely early work, and, I would argue, far from brilliant. The translation, too, seems merely adequate. N says the Iliad and the Odessy are the work of a single poet, but that poet was not Homer, since "Homer" is a myth. So, perhaps at the time, there were theories that these poems were assembled from "oral ballads," but the young professor does not really make a case for what he asserts. Three stars. We Philologists Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Volume 8, another early work, is ten or twenty times better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gibbs Stephanopoulos on January 1, 2011
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Wow. This lecture is perfectly refreshing and provocative - its insights into the determination of Homer certaintly deserve to be lauded for their originality and ingenuity [esp. keeping the period in time]. Highly recommended. I also recommend We Philologists by the same - it is also available for free here.
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The substance is of little consequence, but it's a quick read that gives the reader a glimpse into how his mind worked.
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Spoken at Basel University in 1869 as an inaugural address, Nietzsche seeks to display his philosophy regarding philology – he was certainly the prior first – and concerns himself much with, in the process, the Homeric Question (Who was Homer? One or multiple people? Did he compose both the Odyssey and The Iliad? Under what conditions?, etc. – it relates to the doubt that one individual could compose both the works aforementioned.) and especially, this work acts as a defense of the generally unpopular notion that the Odyssey and Iliad were written by many people, not the singularity known as ‘Homer’, but also that the source of the beauty of either work lies in their aesthetic arrangement.

From the start, the translator posits, as early as 1910 – ‘At the present day no clear and consistent opinion seems to be held regarding Classical Philology.’ (3) And concerning the, as Nietzsche, would state: history, natural science and aesthetics of the business, it is clear the world feels very removed from him regarding the importance of philology, mostly due to ‘a general relaxation of interest’ (22). When was the last time you conversed with anybody about Philology?... Thought so.

I believe the firing point for Nietzsche in this work was ‘Schiller upbraided the philologists with having scattered Homer’s laurel crown to the winds.’ (45) He at once attempts to quell the dissent amongst the philological ranks and dictates positions he finds inherent to the field. First, is that philology is already, for most intents and purposes, a dead science – it chases its tail in longing to return to Greek and Roman antiquity, it’s a science only of woe. He then begins taking topic with ‘the Homeric Question’.
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