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The Odyssey

by Homer

Wordsworth Editions | September 1, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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With an Introduction and Notes by Adam Roberts Royal Holloway, University of LondonHomer''s great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. His colourful adventures, his endurance, his love for his wife and son have the same power to move and inspire readers today as they did in Archaic Greece, 2800 years ago.This poem has been translated many times over the years, but Chapman''s sinewy, gorgeous rendering (1616) stands in a class of its own. Chapman believed himself inspired by the spirit of Homer himself, and matches the breadth and power of the original with a complex and stunning idiom of his own. John Keats expressed his admiration for the resulting work in the famous sonnet, ''On first looking into Chapman''s Homer'': ''Much have I travelled in the realms of gold...''

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 245 pages

Published: September 1, 1998

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1853260258

ISBN - 13: 9781853260254

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The Odyssey

by Homer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 245 pages

Published: September 1, 1998

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1853260258

ISBN - 13: 9781853260254

About the Book

Homer's great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. His colourful adventures, his endurance, his love for his wife and son have the same power to move and inspire readers today as they did in Archaic Greece, 2800 years ago.

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With an Introduction and Notes by Adam Roberts Royal Holloway, University of LondonHomer''s great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. His colourful adventures, his endurance, his love for his wife and son have the same power to move and inspire readers today as they did in Archaic Greece, 2800 years ago.This poem has been translated many times over the years, but Chapman''s sinewy, gorgeous rendering (1616) stands in a class of its own. Chapman believed himself inspired by the spirit of Homer himself, and matches the breadth and power of the original with a complex and stunning idiom of his own. John Keats expressed his admiration for the resulting work in the famous sonnet, ''On first looking into Chapman''s Homer'': ''Much have I travelled in the realms of gold...''

About the Author

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

From Our Editors

The wild lure of Calypso...the determination of the patient Penelope...the mesmerizing song of the Sirens. All these are staples of the tale of Odysseus, survivor of the Trojan War, high adventurer -- and legend throughout the history of literature. This translation of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is from the original 1932 edition by T.E. Lawrence.
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