The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer

Book - 2007
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An English translation of the Greek epic in which Odysseus makes his long and treacherous journey home after the Trojan War, while his son Telemachos and wife Penelope are forced to scheme to protect his throne until his return. Includes a glossary, background information, literary criticism, and illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: © 1967
ISBN: 9780061244186
Branch Call Number: Literature 883.01 Hom


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Jun 07, 2010

I'm not really crazy about the ODYSSEY. I think most readers would be more interested in the ILIAD.

One of the recommendations of the ODYSSEY over the other surviving Homeric epic is its sword-and-sandals adventure, the Olympian Gods, and the wondrous mythical beasts. But Homer doesn't really revel in these aspects of the story; he's too much a realist. Readers coming to the poem expecting Harryhausen-style hydras and swashbuckling will likely be disappointed with the slow romance subplot and the long contemplations of solitude.

Even though I prefer the ILIAD, it's cool to read through both epics to find earlier versions of the same mythemes on display in modern works, such as LORD OF THE RINGS.


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