ISBN-10: 0872204847

ISBN-13: 9780872204843

Edition: 2000

Authors: Homer, Stanley Lombardo, Sheila Murnaghan

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 478
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
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 the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

Sheila Murnaghan is Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

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A note on the Greek text
The Gods, Athene and Telemachosp. 1
Telemachos and the Suitorsp. 10
Telemachos in Pylosp. 19
Telemachos in Spartap. 30
Odysseus and Kalypsop. 47
Nausikaap. 57
Odysseus in Phaiaciap. 64
Phaiacian Games and Songp. 71
The Cyclopsp. 83
Kirkep. 95
The Underworldp. 107
Skylla and Charybdisp. 120
Return to Ithakap. 130
Odysseus and Eumaiosp. 140
Telemachos Returnsp. 151
Odysseus and Telemachosp. 163
Odysseus Comes to his Housep. 173
Odysseus as Beggarp. 186
Eurykleia Recognises Odysseusp. 195
Insults and Omensp. 208
The Trial of the Bowp. 217
The Suitors Killedp. 226
Odysseus and Penelopep. 237
The Underworld, Laertes, Peacep. 245
Indexp. 257
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