The Odyssey by HomerThe Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey

byHomer

Hardcover | November 3, 1992

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One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus’s encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.

Robert Fitzgerald’s much-acclaimed translation, fully possessing as it does the body and spirit of the original, has helped to assure the continuing vitality of Europe’s most influential work of poetry. This edition includes twenty-five new line drawings by Barnaby Fitzgerald.

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Homer was a Greek poet, recognized as the author of the great epics, the Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and the Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses’s wanderings.
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Title:The OdysseyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.29 × 5.32 × 1.24 inPublished:November 3, 1992Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679410473

ISBN - 13:9780679410478

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tale older than time I read Homer’s Odyssey for a course I took in university on Greek and Roman mythology. I only had a vague idea of the story before then so I was really glad to finally sit down and read and analyze it. Odysseus is an interesting character and I enjoyed following his years-long journey home after the Trojan War.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous! A classic bound in a stunning cloth cover! exceptional quality!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great classic, definitely worth the read. Awesome story and captivating for all ages.
Date published: 2017-06-12
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 5 out of 5 by from beautiful illustration of a classic. A great addition for any Classicist with children!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book While this book is a classic that should be read, it's also beautiful and looks fantastic on my shelf!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful In my life, I can say I have been sincerily affected by no more than four books. This is one of them. The Odyssey is a majestic masterpiece. There is no better tale of perserverance, fate interrupted and challenge. Odysseus' voyage home is inspirational and to be quite honest, the challenges he faces and how he faces them have never been so relevant in a world of chaos and short sightedness. I would recommend this for any individual- the messages are hugely relevant.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I received this as a gift and put off reading it for a while but I am so glad that I got around to it now! A truly amazing story.
Date published: 2016-11-13
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

From Our Editors

This is the companion to the epic poem 'The Iliad'.

Editorial Reviews

“[Robert Fitzgerald’s translation is] a masterpiece . . . An Odyssey worthy of the original.” –The Nation “[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” –The Yale Review “[In] Robert Fitzgerald’s translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world.” –from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney