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The Odyssey

by Homer
Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
Introduction by Deborah Steiner

Signet Classics | October 2, 2007 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Odyssey is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME

Richly imagined by the blind bard around 900 B.C.E., Homer''s story follows Odysseus on a decade-long journey as he flees Cyclops, angers his gods, resists the Sirens, averts his eyes from Medusa, docks in exotic cities-ever longing to return to his wife and son.


Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.04 × 4.34 × 0.98 in

Published: October 2, 2007

Publisher: Signet Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451530683

ISBN - 13: 9780451530684

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect in every way... I haven't read the book - maybe one day - as I bought books from this series purely for their beauty. And they didn't disappoint. A must for any collector.
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A helluva book! When I first read "The Odyssey" in an airport lobby in '73, I was taken aback by the utter brilliance of the piece.
Date published: 2000-04-30

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The Odyssey

by Homer
Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
Introduction by Deborah Steiner

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.04 × 4.34 × 0.98 in

Published: October 2, 2007

Publisher: Signet Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451530683

ISBN - 13: 9780451530684

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THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME

Richly imagined by the blind bard around 900 B.C.E., Homer''s story follows Odysseus on a decade-long journey as he flees Cyclops, angers his gods, resists the Sirens, averts his eyes from Medusa, docks in exotic cities-ever longing to return to his wife and son.


About the Author

Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives. He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer – the Iliad and the Odyssey – are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time. In the Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller’s tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope. We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact ‘Homer’ may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps ‘the hostage’ or ‘the blind one’. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years’ time. W.H.D. Rouse was one of the great 20th century experts on Ancient Greece, and headmaster of the
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