The Odyssey: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Bernard Homer
Translated by Robert Fagles
Introduction by Bernard Knox

Penguin Classics | January 7, 2003 | Trade Paperback

The Odyssey: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
 
Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy 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 modern-verse translation. "Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy." So begins Robert Fagles'' magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in the New York Times Book Review hails as "a distinguished achievement."

If the Iliad is the world''s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature''s grandest evocation of an everyman''s journey through 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  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 mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox''s superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles''s translation. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, to captivate a new generation of Homer''s students. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

 

 


Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.43 × 5.6 × 1.46 in

Published: January 7, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140268863

ISBN - 13: 9780140268867

Found in: Ancient and Classical, Poetry

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three Millennia Later, still enchanting... Homer’s “Odyssey” is perhaps the most famous book ever written. It is certainly one of the most admired books of all time, perhaps only after Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” For some peculiarly unknowable reason this simple tale of a man in search of his familial happiness is touching and captivating. Odysseus, a valiant hero and king of Ithaca, has yet to return home ten years after the Trojan War; alas, his path will be more irksome than he could have imagined. And in search of his wife and son, he will find the true nature of humanity that is not as he had imagined. There are several translations of Homer, and in University, we are recommended to read Lattimore translation. I will, however, highly recommend old Samuel Butler’s translations of both “Odyssey” and “Iliad.” They are beautifully lucid and sublime. As for “Odyssey,” there are some works that are not in need elaborations with purple passages. This insatiable appetite of people devouring this work is itself a testament of its relevancy and beauty.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Odyssey: A Lowly Beggar's Base Reflections by Luke Strople The ultimate man book. Seriously. It strikes you the minute Penelope comes out of her chamber, to find her long lost husband standing in his court victorious after an agonizing twenty-year absence. He could have stayed with the sexy nymph Callisto, in comfort and un-aging until the end of time. He could have let those pompous uninvited suitors eat all his food, trample his holdings, murder his son and ultimately, sail away with the hand of his grief-stricken wife in dishonourable remarriage. But to utilize one of Homer's own epithets, Odyseus is a crafty man - a man of war - and he will brook none of that jazz. The Odyssey is every man's fantasy: to strive against the gods and nature with nothing but your own strength and cunning. To encounter flesh-eating mythical beasts such as the multi-necked horror of Scylla perched deep in her cave above a sheer insurmountable pinnacle. Or the ill-mannered, self-pitying Cyclops in his massive inescapable abode. To pillage and plunder homeward across a storm-tossed sea in the aftermath of a war well fought. To arrive after all these incredible travails, massacre every last one of those conniving, collar-popping fratboys who have infested your house and tried to score with your wife, even as she's grieved over your ambiguous demise. I think that every man dreams of meeting a Penelope. A woman who can reckognize a cabal of spineless, lustful half-wits when they come knocking at her door; asking her to party. A woman who'll thank you after twenty years of hardship with a night of enthusiastic lovemaking, once you've kicked down your door, stained the Ikea tablecloth with the blood of your enemies and strung up the gossiping neighbours on wires for their scandalous chattering insolence. Needless to say, there's a reason that this epic has enjoyed the popularity it has for five thousand years or so. I enjoyed every page of it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Heroic Effort for the Modern Age What a wonderful book! It flowed beautifully. While I have not read any other translations, this one was very accessible. The introduction was extremely helpful- rather than being long-winded. I could not put this book down. Robert Fagles' translation is sure to renew interest in the classics for a new generation.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from average the translation is too easy, it has loss all its meanings
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is a good book! This book changed my life! It made me realy take my time reading it, trying to catch every word I read. This book is the best fantacy book i have every read. I told all of my friends about it. They all enjoyed it to! You don't have to be an adult to read this book either i am only 13. So if you like fantacy novels buy this one it fills that emty space in your mind.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I had to read this book for English. At first I complained about how long and boring it was, but I began to like it. There is alot of action in this book. I recommend it to all audiences.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Odyssey This is by far the best translation that I have read of this timeless classic. It brings the story of the wanderings of Odysseus to life for the modern reader. Fagles avoids using the archaic language that many of the other translators tend to favour. This, along with the fact that his verse reads like prose, makes this edition very readable. In my opinion Fagles’ translation surpasses those of Lattimore, Fitzgerald and Rieu.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Odyssey sweeps you away Joseph Campbell, one of the foremost contemporary scholars of mythology, described the experience of myth as making us “feel the rapture of being alive." After reading a new translation of Homer’s The Odyssey by Robert Fagles, I couldn’t agree more. Reading this new version of this Greek Classic became a form of spiritual reflection and personal inspiration. Reading this new version of this Greek Classic became a form of spiritual reflection and personal inspiration. Although The Odyssey is a poem of 12,109 lines of verse, Robert Fagles’ translation is a smooth read. If the idea of an eighth century B.C. epic poem scares you away, rest assured that the language translated by Fagles is plain and accessible. At times the language expresses humility and respect for the earth and its surroundings (“Dawn rose on her golden throne”). At others, the words rage with anger and violence (“in the thick of slaughtered corpses, splattered with bloody filth like a lion that’s devoured some ox in a field . . .”). It is poetry with a timeless and exciting plot.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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The Odyssey: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Bernard Homer
Translated by Robert Fagles
Introduction by Bernard Knox

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.43 × 5.6 × 1.46 in

Published: January 7, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140268863

ISBN - 13: 9780140268867

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I Athene Visits Telemachus Tell me, Muse, the story of that resourceful man who was driven to wander far and wide after he had sacked the holy citadel of Troy. He saw the cities of many people and he learnt their ways. He suffered great anguish on the high seas in his struggles to preserve his life and bring his comrades home. But he failed to save those comrades, in spite of all his efforts. It was their own transgression that brought them to their doom, for in their folly they devoured the oxen of Hyperion the Sun-god and he saw to it that they would never return. Tell us this story, goddess daughter of Zeus, beginning at whatever point you will. All the survivors of the war had reached their homes by now and so put the perils of battle and the sea behind them. Odysseus alone was prevented from returning to the home and wife he yearned for by that powerful goddess, the Nymph Calypso, who longed for him to marry her, and kept him in her vaulted cave. Not even when the rolling seasons brought in the year which the gods had chosen for his homecoming to Ithaca was he clear of his troubles and safe among his friends. Yet all the gods pitied him, except Poseidon, who pursued the heroic Odysseus with relentless malice till the day when he reached his own country. Poseidon, however, was now gone on a visit to the distant Ethiopians, in the most remote part of the world, half of whom live where the Sun goes down, and half where he rises. He had gone to accept a sacrifice of bulls an
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Table of Contents

The Odyssey Introduction

Introduction
The Spelling and Pronunciation of Homeris Names
Maps:
1. Homeric Geography: Mainland Greece
2. Homeric Geography: The Peloponnese
3. Homeric Geography: The Aegean and Asia Minor

Homer: The Odyssey
Book 1: Athena Inspires the Prince
Book 2: Telemachus Sets Sail
Book 3: King Nestor Remembers
Book 4: The King and Queen of Sparta
Book 5: Odysseus-Nymph and Shipwreck
Book 6: The Princess and the Stranger
Book 7: Phaeacia''s Halls and Gardens
Book 8: A Day for Songs and Contests
Book 9: In the One-Eyed Giant''s Cave
Book 10: The Bewitched Queen of Aeaea
Book 11: The Kingdom of the Dead
Book 12: The Cattle of the Sun
Book 13: Ithaca at Last
Book 14: The Loyal Swineherd
Book 15: The Prince Sets Sail for Home
Book 16: Father and Son
Book 17: Stranger at the Gates
Book 18: The Beggar-King of Ithaca
Book 19: Penelope and her Guest
Book 20: Portents Gather
Book 21: Odysseus Stings his Bow
Book 22: Slaughter in the Hall
Book 23: The Great Rooted Bed
Book 24: Peace

Notes
Translator''s Postscript
Genealogies
Textual Variants from the Oxford Classical Text
Notes on the Translation
Suggestions for Further Reading
Pronouncing Glossary

From the Publisher

The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
 
Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy 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 modern-verse translation. "Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy." So begins Robert Fagles'' magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in the New York Times Book Review hails as "a distinguished achievement."

If the Iliad is the world''s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature''s grandest evocation of an everyman''s journey through 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  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 mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox''s superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles''s translation. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, to captivate a new generation of Homer''s students. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

 

 


About the Author

Robert Fagles, the winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is Arthur W. Marks ''19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Yale University.

Bernard Knox is Director Emeritus of Harvard''s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

From Our Editors

Though Odysseus, the mythic king of Ithaca, survives the Trojan War, he has evoked the wrath of Poseidon and it's 10 long years before he safely returns home. Considered a masterpiece, The Odyssey is Homer's magnificent, epic poem that chronicles the thrilling adventures experienced by the Greek king as he encounters both natural and divine obstacles. Discover the exciting world of adventure, love, sensual pleasure, food and drink, and thrilling danger in this classic. This superb translation features an introduction and notes by Bernard Knox.
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