The Odyssey (Deluxe Library Binding)

The Odyssey (Deluxe Library Binding)

by Homer

Hardcover

$29.95 View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Monday, April 26

Overview

Having spent ten years fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus embarks on his journey back to Ithica. To get there he must deceive a giant Cyclops, face Poseidon's wrath, escape cannibalism, defeat the witch-goddess Circe, skirt the land of the Sirens, sail between a six-headed monster and a raging whirlpool, and escape captivity on the island of Calypso. But perhaps his biggest threat is his prolonged absence from home, as 108 suitors are vying for his wife's hand in marriage.

Composed near the end of the eighth century BC, The Odyssey was intended to be sung by an epic poet. One of the most impressive elements of the text is that events depend equally on the choices made by women and serfs as on the actions of fighting men. The story has had a profound influence on cultures around the world, so much so, that the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage in many languages.

In this edition of Samuel Butler's translation, the names of the gods and characters have been restored from Latin to the original Greek.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781774760529
Publisher: Engage Books
Publication date: 12/29/2020
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 916,044
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Homer is best known as the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Author of the first known literature of Europe, he is central to the Western canon. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds in Egypt.

The Iliad is paired with something of a sequel, The Odyssey, also attributed to Homer. Both stories were intended to be sung by an epic poet. Along with The Odyssey, The Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC.

Customer Reviews