The Odyssey of Homer by Richmond LattimoreThe Odyssey of Homer by Richmond Lattimore

The Odyssey of Homer

byRichmond Lattimore

Paperback | June 26, 2007

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Homer’s great epic The Odyssey—one of Western literature’s most enduring and important works—translated by Richmond Lattimore

A classic for the ages, The Odyssey recounts Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War—and the obstacles he faces along the way to reclaim his throne, kingdom, and family in Ithaca.

During his absence, his steadfast and clever wife, Penelope, and now teenaged son, Telemachus, have lived under the constant threat of ruthless suitors, all desperate to court Penelope and claim the throne. As the suitors plot Telemachus’ murder, the gods debate Odysseus’ fate.  With help from the goddess Athena, the scattered family bides their time as Odysseus battles his way through storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclops, the isle of witch-goddess Circe, the deadly Sirens’ song, a trek through the Underworld, and the omnipresent wrath of the scorned god Poseidon.

An American poet and classicist, Richmond Lattimore’s translation of The Odyssey is widely considered among the best available in the English language. Lattimore breathes modern life into Homer’s epic, bringing this classic work of heroes, monsters, vengeful gods, treachery, and redemption to life for modern readers.

Richmond Lattimore was born in 1906. He was considered one of the leading translators of Greek classical literature. He died in 1984
Title:The Odyssey of HomerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:June 26, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006124418X

ISBN - 13:9780061244186

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Amazing tale and an interesting plot, a classic.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This is a fine translation of The Odyssey. I personally prefer Robert Fagles' translation, which I find reads quicker; and the characters' names are spelt closer to the way they should be pronounced (ie. Fagles' Menelaus vs. Lattimore's Menelaos) which I find makes it easier to read. Still, this is a very good translation.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lattimore is amazing If you glance at this book and notice that all the lines are written as verses, do not be alarmed, the verses are not difficult to understand. Lattimore's translation of Homer's The Odyssey is probably the best that you shall ever find, and it seems to remain truthful to the original, yet does not make it hard on the readers to understand. I highly recommend this edition for anyone interested in reading this epic.
Date published: 2009-12-15

Editorial Reviews

"[Lattimore's] Odyssey is his masterpiece." (Walter Kaufmann)