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In the Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller’s tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope. We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact ‘Homer’ may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps ‘the hostage’ or ‘the blind one’. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years’ time.Robert Fagles (1933-2008) was Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He was the recipient of the 1997 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His translations include Sophocles’s Three Theban Plays, Aeschylus’s Oresteia (nominated for a National Book Award), Homer’s Iliad (winner of the 1991 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by The Academy of American Poets), Homer’s Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid.
I re-read the Odyssey in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of my entering the Choate School, where I first read it as a 3rd former.Published 2 days ago by Raymond P. Happy
My daughter Caroline had to read it for Honors English 11th grade and she actually eally liked the book and read it with vigorPublished 7 days ago by Kelli
A must read. Translated nicely and in a way that allows a person to understand.Published 11 days ago by William Pratt
Listen Up Hoes this book is basically a guideline for how to get away with murder and being a thotty hoe. Read morePublished 15 days ago by NastyFreestyleBookreviews516
This is one of the best books ever written, so there is nothing I can really add that hasn't already been written. Read morePublished 22 days ago by R. Griswold
I must say that when I first read the Odyssey at school, I was bored. Now I took a Mooc coursera " Greek and Roman Mythology" with a very good teacher who made me realize... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Nelly Arriagada