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I asked the same question at the learning ancient Greek group, but since this group is considerably larger, I'm hoping for more response.
Also take a look at : http://www.librarything.com/tag/Trojan+War
Also there's a dedicated group: http://www.librarything.com/groups/homerthetrojanwaran
Perhaps you can say a bit more about what specific aspects of the Iliad and Odyssey you're interested in? What the context is?
Alfred B. Lord's Singer of Tales is of course classic regarding the Homeric question.
Simone Weil's War and the Iliad reflects upon Homer, warfare, and violence in the shadow of WWII.
Gregory Nagy's Best of the Achaeans is more. historic, looking at concepts of the hero in Greek society and epic poetry.
Eva Brann's Homeric Moments is aimed more at a non-specialist audience, intended to help readers (re)discover the pleasures of reading Homer.
There's lots more, these books are only some of the more major ones that I can think of right off hand.
My personal recommendation would be Irene de Jong's Narrators and Focalizers, which looks at the narrative structures of the Iliad -- however, I'm a literary scholar with a particular interest in narrative theory.
I've also been compiling a list of fictional works inspired by the Iliad and the Odyssey, if that's of any interest to you.
If you have any interest in ancient (papyri) and Medieval/Byzantine Homeric manuscripts you might want to check out The Homer Multitext
The Homer Multitext is a long-term project emphasizing collaborative research and seeks to present the textual transmission of the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. Such a framework is needed to account for the full reality of a complex medium of oral performance that underwent many changes over a long period of time. These changes, as reflected in the many texts of Homer, need to be understood in their many different historical contexts. The Homer Multitext provides ways to view these contexts both synchronically and diachronically.
- Description from the The Homer Multitext site.
He is heavily and convincingly critizising Joachim Latacz.
Barbara Patzek is also a good read in this respect.
I would also not sneeze at the dated school texts (unless they're very dusty) that can sometimes be found at good used book sellers and library sales, or even reprint editions. They may be outdated on archeological background, but are immensely helpful to readers. They do, however, often excerpt the text instead of reproducing it in full, judging what parts may be most profitably covered in a school term. Macmillan gives you the whole megillah.
Another tool that's really useful is a Homeric dictionary. My favourite is Richard J. Cunliffe's A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect, better IMO than the more easily-found one by Autenrieth, though also commensurately larger physically. It's fortunately been reprinted by the University of Oklahoma Press as the original Blackie edition is hard to find.
> Tatort Troia, sounds like a german detective! thanks for the link.
This is very true ... when it comes to the excavations in Troy in the last 20-30 years, we have to learn that a lot of politics influenced the whole interpretation. Turkey wanted to become a member of the European Union and thus wanted to show that it deserves to be part of Europe ... e.g. by a proper interpretation of the excavations at Troy. The German car producer Daimler funded the excavations and had similar interests, because of a lot of factories in Turkey.
The German excavator Manfred Korfmann did act according to these wishes ... well ... science probably has to be rewritten in some aspects, now.
Kolb's book gives a deep insight how academia works under political and economic influence.