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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.
Another fantastic classic. How did I miss this as a child? Oh yes I went to public school and the most complicated thing we read was The Hobbit. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pixiepixle
I am reading this book in conjunction with a class offered at the local University for senior citizens. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Roland Anthony
Good copy for Mythology class. Fast shipping, and good quality book.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
We were very dissatisfied with this product. I thought I was ordering an audio book - a CD that could be played in the car, home stereo, etc. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mary Flores
My son was having trouble reading this book, we cleared iPod and downloaded books. He got 4 on AP exam after this.Published 24 days ago by Michael D. Adams
If I were to summarize the Homer's The Odyssey in a sentence... Unfortunately, Zeus was feeling horny.Published 26 days ago by Carrie Moore
Fagels did an excellent job with this translation. Approachable for just about everyone without feeling like you are missing out.Published 1 month ago by traildigger15