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Homer The Odyssey

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ISBN-10: 0801882672

ISBN-13: 9780801882678

Edition: 2004

Authors: Homer, Edward McCrorie, Richard P. Martin, Erwin Cook

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"Tell us, Goddess, daughter of Zeus, start in your own place: when all the rest at Troy had fled from that steep doom and gone back home, away from war and the salt sea, only this man longed for his wife and a way home." Homer's Odyssey, at once an exciting epic of strife and subterfuge and a deeply felt tale of love and devotion, stands at the very beginning of the Western literary tradition. From ancient Greece to the present day its influence on later literature has been unsurpassed, and for centuries translators have approached the meter, tone, and pace of Homer's poetry with a variety of strategies. Chapman and Pope paid keen attention to color, drama, and vivacity of style,…    
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.30" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

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…    

Edward McCrorie is a poet and translator whose works include several collections of poems and an acclaimed translation of Virgil's Aeneid. He is also a professor of English at Providence College. Richard P. Martin is the Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor of Classics at Stanford University and the author of several books, including The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad and Myths of the Ancient Greeks.

Translator's Preface
Trouble at Home
A Gathering and a Parting
In the Great Hall of Nestor
With Menelaos and Helen
A Raft on the High Seas
Laundry Friends
The Warmest Welcome
Songs, Challenges, Dances, and Gifts
A Battle, the Lotos, and a Savage's Cave
Mad Winds, Laistrugonians, and an Enchantress
The Land of the Dead
Evil Song, a Deadly Strait, and Forbidden Herds
A Strange Arrival Home
The House of the Swineherd
Son and Father Converging
Father and Son Reunited
Unknown in His Own House
Fights in the Great Hall
Memory and Dream in the Palace
Dawn of the Death-Day
The Stringing of the Bow
Revenge in the Great Hall
Husband and Wife at Last
Last Tensions and Peace
Names in the Odyssey