From the Publisher
Ten years have passed since the fall of Troy. The surviving Greek
warriors who destroyed tht city have returned home. All except
Odysseus, whose wife, Penelope, and son Telemachus await him.
Claiming that Odysseus is dead, a host of suitors have taken up
residence in his home, eating up his wealth and trying to persuade
Penelope to marry one of them. Penelope steadfastly refuses.
Odysseus, in fact, is alive. Having spent seven years as a captive
of the nymph Calypso, the gods finally take pity on him and
persuade her to set him free. When he resumes his journey home, the
sea god Poseidon sends a great storm to destroy his raft. Exhausted
and near death, Odysseus and his men wash up on an island shore.
They are delayed by Polyphemus the Cyclops, the Lotus-eaters, the
Sirens, the sorceress Circe, and other strange creatures. Set in a
time that was ancient even when Homer composed it almost 2800 years
ago, The Odyssey reveals a universal order where gods intercede
directly and sometimes capriciously in the destinies of men, where
heroes are as deceitful as they are brave, and where a sea voyage
becomes a test of human ingenuity and courage in the face of
This prose translation by Samuel Butler is both fluent and faithful
to the drama of Homer's epic account.
Beautifully bound with a section on the life and times of Homer; an
introduction Damien Stocking, assistant Professor of English and
Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College; endnotes; a
'Based on the Book' section; and a section on further reading.
From the Jacket
First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If anyone unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song.
About the Author
Homer was an epic poet believed to have lived in
Greece around the 8th century B.C.E. He is credited with authorship
of the two founding works of Western literature: The
Illiad and The Odyssey , though both
works existed in oral form before they were written down.
Published: October 8, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1435145011
ISBN - 13: 9781435145016