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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493594184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493594184
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biography In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds. Period For modern scholars "the date of Homer" refers not to an individual, but to the period when the epics were created. The consensus is that "the Iliad and the Odyssey date from around the 8th century BC, the Iliad being composed before the Odyssey, perhaps by some decades," i.e. earlier than Hesiod, the Iliad being the oldest work of Western literature. Over the past few decades, some scholars have argued for a 7th-century BC date. Oliver Taplin believes that the conclusion of modern researchers is that Homer dates to between 750 to 650 BC. Some of those who argue that the Homeric poems developed gradually over a long period of time give an even later date for the composition of the poems; according to Gregory Nagy for example, they only became fixed texts in the 6th century BC. The question of the historicity of Homer the individual is known as the "Homeric question"; there is no reliable biographical information handed down from classical antiquity.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jorge G. Hugony on March 3, 2013
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Beautifully written in language that any english reader can understand. The story itself is fascinating. I could never get through the translations from the greek. This did the trick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gr8belief on January 6, 2013
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Good to read alongside a more traditional rendering of The Odyssey if you have a student who needs to hear this work in different words or read aloud to them. Best used with, not instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Christensen on November 23, 2012
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I couldn't handle the translation of the poetry into poetry, but for those who want to underestand the Odyssey, this translation written in prose reads almost like a novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Pepper on September 15, 2013
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For those who are required to read the Odyssey, this is one of the best and most understandable versions I have read.
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The Trojan War is over and one of our hero kings is lost. His son (Telemachus) travels to find any information about his father's fait. His wife (Penelope) must cunningly hold off suitors that are eating them out of house and home.

If he ever makes it home, Odysseus will have to detect those servants loyal from those who are not. One absent king against rows of suitors; how will he give them their just desserts? We look to Bright Eyed Pallas Athena to help prophecy come true.

Interestingly all the tales of monsters and gods on the sea voyage was told by Odysseus. Notice that no one else survives to tell the tale. Therefore, we have to rely on Odysseus' word.

Many movies took sections of The Odyssey, and expanded them to make interesting stories those selves.

Not just the story but also the way in which it is told will keep you up late at night reading.

The Odyssey
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By richard garcia on December 30, 2013
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My students loved it. They were able to read and comprehend much more easily than with the original transcript. More of the classics should be done like this!
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Praise for prose. Translated into easy to read prose instead of verse still makes the great story a highly worthwhile introduction to Homer's Odyssey. Great for summer holiday reading, and you will be glad for having read one of the great stories of the Western world.
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By Marcela Camilo on September 17, 2013
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I loved this translation. It's a lot easier to read than the other versions and it's an amazon epic! Please read!
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