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The Odyssey Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turnsdriven time and again off course, once he had plunderedthe hallowed heights of TroySo begins Robert Fagles magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in The New York Times Review of Books hails as a distinguished achievement If the Iliad is the world s greatest war epic, then the Odyssey is literature s grandest evocation of everyman s journey though life Odysseus reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces, during his ten year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War, is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance In the myths and legends that are retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer s original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical masteryRenowned classicist Bernard Knox s superb Introduction and textual commentary provide new insights and background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles translationThis is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the public at large, and to captivate a new generation of Homer s students Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and aAcademy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents us with Homer s best loved and most accessible poem in a stunning new modern verse translation


About the Author: Homer

In the Western classical tradition, Homer Greek is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.When he lived is unknown Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BCE, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BCE Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BCE.The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece Homer s works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds.



10 thoughts on “The Odyssey

  1. says:

    Quite possibly one of my favourite books It was this novel that ignited my love for Greek and Roman mythology and antiquity leading me to choose a degree in Classical Civilisations.I always look back on The Odyssey with fondness I love all the monsters he faces and the gods who involve themselves with Odysseus trials as he makes his way home after the Trojan War.


  2. says:

    Okay, so here s what happened I went out after work with the guys, we went to a perfectly nice bar, this chick was hitting on me but I totally brushed her off Anyway we ended up getting pretty wrecked, and we might have smoked something in the bathroom, I m not totally clear on that part, and then this gigantic one eyed bouncer kicked us out so we somehow ended up at a


  3. says:

    So my first non school related experience with Homer s classic tale, and my most powerful impression, beyond the overall splendor of the story, wasHOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent bunch Case in point they hauled him out through the doorway into the court, lopped his nose and ears with a ruthless knife, tore his genitals out for the dogs to eat rawand in manic fury


  4. says:

    I have read The Odyssey three times The first was not really a read butof a listen in the true oral tradition During embroidery class one of us, young girls on the verge of entering the teens, would read a passage while the rest were all busy with our eyes and fingers, our needles and threads All learning to be future Penelopes crafty with their crafts, cultivated, patient and loyal


  5. says:

    Ever since I first read Homer s epic describing the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days, three of those adventures fired my imagination The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops and the Sirens, most especially the Sirens I just did revisit these sections of this Greek epic and my imagination was set aflame yet again How much, you ask Here is my microfiction as a tribute to the great poet THE


  6. says:

    I m not normally a praying man, but if you re up there, please save me, SupermanHomer Simpson Following James Joyce s lead, I used Homer s heroic story as inspiration and research for a novel in progress.But how can I, a mere mortal, do justice to the most famous epic poem ever written An encounter with a work of this magnitude should be shared, rather than reviewed.Homer is the great, great, grea


  7. says:

    The Odyssey, Homer The Odyssey begins after the end of the ten year Trojan War the subject of the Iliad , and Odysseus has still not returned home from the war because he angered the god Poseidon Odysseus son Telemachus is about 20 years old and is sharing his absent father s house on the island of Ithaca with his mother Penelope and a crowd of 108 boisterous young men, the Suitors , whose aim is to pers


  8. says:

    The first line in Emily Wilson s new translation of the Odyssey, the first by a woman scholar, is Tell me about a complicated man In an article by Wyatt Mason in the NYT late last year, Wilson tells us I could ve said, Tell me about a straying husband And that s a viable translation That s one of the things the original language says But I want to be super responsible about my relationship to the Greek text I w


  9. says:

    It s impossible not to smile when you start reading such a classic and, after only the first few pages, you realize and completely understand why it s regarded as one of the most important works in literature I m always a little anxious when I tackle such important and renowned books for being afraid of not comprehending or loving them War and Peace and Don Quixote, for example as they seem to deserve Not that I m obl


  10. says:

    I first read Homer in the 19th century French translation by Leconte de Lisle the equivalent, say, of the 18th century translation into English by Alexander Pope a pompous, archaic and exhausting bore of a book I kept my chin up and, after a while, tried another inflated Frenchman the 1955 translation by the curly moustached Victor B rard in the prestigious Pl iade edition, with an odd arrangement of chapters A bit less depr


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