The Odyssey

Hardcover | May 27, 2014

byBarry B. Powell

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Odysseus - soldier, trickster, and everyman - is one of the most recognizable characters in world literature. His arduous, ten-year journey home after the Trojan War, the subject of Homer's The Odyssey, is the most accessible tale to survive from ancient Greece, and its impact is still felttoday across many different cultures. Barry Powell's free verse translation preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original while conveying Odysseus' adventures in an energetic, modern idiom. By avoiding the stylistic formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, histranslation deftly captures the most essential truths of this vital text. Due to his thorough familiarity with the world of Homer and Homeric language, Powell's introduction provides rich historical and literary perspectives on the poem. This translation also includes illustrations from classicalartwork, detailed maps, explanatory notes, a timeline, and a glossary. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the Greek, this Odyssey steers a middle path between the most well-known translations and adds something truly unique and contemporary to the canon.

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Odysseus - soldier, trickster, and everyman - is one of the most recognizable characters in world literature. His arduous, ten-year journey home after the Trojan War, the subject of Homer's The Odyssey, is the most accessible tale to survive from ancient Greece, and its impact is still felttoday across many different cultures. Barry Po...

Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascomb Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His translation of The Iliad (2013) was also published by Oxford University Press.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199360316

ISBN - 13:9780199360314

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Ian Morris: ForewordIntroductionThe OdysseyNotes