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The Essential Homer (Hackett Classics) Paperback – September 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0872205406 ISBN-10: 0872205401

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  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872205401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872205406
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good idea--its utility far outweighs qualms purists have about students not reading every last item in the catalogue of ships. The translation is vigorous and readable. --Andrew Ford, Princeton University



Not only does one get an excellent translation of both Homer's Iliad and Odyssey under one cover, but the selections included are infinitely better and longer than what one normally gets in anthologies of Greek literature. For courses in which entire texts cannot be used, this is by far the best choice available today. --Kostas Myrsiades, Westchester University



The Essential Homer fills a long-felt need for an edition that offers a sizable selection of the books and passages most likely to be used in undergraduate courses. It's a wonderful help. --Richard P. Martin, Stanford University

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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Read this book for class and loved it!
Lonnie Riley
The simple and efficient method of translation this book uses really helps to make it a smooth read while still getting immersed into the story.
Kiyo
Lombardo's translations of Homer are brilliant, energetic, and fun to read.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By amybobamy on May 13, 2007
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Lombardo's translations of Homer are brilliant, energetic, and fun to read. While other translations are as dry and dusty as ancient Greek itself, Lombardo remarkably manages to bring it all to life, and reading both the Iliad and the Odyssey are as interesting and exciting as reading the most fascinating and lurid novel you've ever had in your hands.

The best thing about this edition is that it has MAPS in the front, and NAME GLOSSARIES in the back (for both the Iliad and the Odyssey). This edition is abridged, but I found that only long, tedious descriptions of preparations for battles seemed to be missing.

This is the ideal student text. (If you are looking for the best FULL edition ever, Lombardo's entire translations of the Iliad and Odyssey are also available.

If I could give it six stars, I would.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Samaroo on July 3, 2005
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I had to use this book for a school project. This version by Stanley lombardo is great, and the refreshed modern day speaking makes the book easier to get through. Furthermore, the character guides and reference to other books in the back proved to be very helpful!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. on July 2, 2011
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To be fair, I have not yet read the full versions of either the Iliad or the Odyssey. Thus, it is perhaps difficult to accurately review a book that omits sections of the two aforementioned epics. I had Dr. Lombardo for an Intro. Greek and Roman Myth class one year ago, and the man is, by all accounts, a Genius. One need only to look at his prolific career of translations to agree, but listening to his unparalleled eloquence in lecture makes me confident that I am right in calling him a brilliant man. As such, I am equally confident that Lombardo has provided the reader with the bare necessities to Homer. He does not sacrifice any of the storyline but condenses the less salient scenes. Even with some of the story purged, both the Iliad and the Odyssey are quite enjoyable reads. Lombardo's translation is highly readable, some would say too casual. His explanation for this, given in class, is simple: the ancient bards did not tell these stories in a formal tone. Lombardo is being true to the reader by avoiding the verbosity of other translators. I've read excerpts of Fagles' translation of the Odyssey, and I didn't find the same emotion and appeal as I did reading Lombardo's work. The scholar would perhaps suggest trying several versions of the Iliad and Odyssey. For the Everyman, this should suit him perfectly.

Also try: Ovid's Metamorphosis trans. by Lombardo - The only other work of his I've read.
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While not for those who like me miss the abridged parts, this is a good "selection" and works well as a college introduction to the text.
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By mojambo on April 25, 2014
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The Illiad isn't my favorite, but the Odyssey is fantastic. As with Lombardo's other translations, the prose is very readable and enticing. I don't quite understand why he cut so much out, nor the logic behind some of the omissions, but there are many other translations available that have the full text.
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By Lonnie Riley on March 14, 2014
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Read this book for class and loved it! came in good condition and helped me to earn an A as well as knowledge on homer!
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I am really enjoying this book so far. The simple and efficient method of translation this book uses really helps to make it a smooth read while still getting immersed into the story. The techniques the translator uses helps to make the story seem to progress much faster than that of say, Lattimore who's word choices and lengthy sentences slow down the story, making sure to catch every detail. Both are brilliant nonetheless and avid readers should definitely try both.

Someone actually mentioned that the style that this book is translated in makes for a good, quickly progressing, and modernized play that should be enjoyable for all audiences.
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