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Chapman's Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback – November 5, 2000

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Homer is celebrated 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.

Tom Griffith has also translated Plato's The Republic, Symposium, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Phaedrus.
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  • Series: Classics of World Literature
  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (November 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840221178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840221176
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
This review is divided into two parts, first a review of the translation itself and then a review of the Kindle edition.

Translation:
Homer's stories are great and in this translation extremely easy to read. They were originally written in dactyllic hexameter. This is a very difficult metric to translate into modern poetry and some translations (Chapman's and Pope's) that attempt a strict conversion suffer from being too difficult to follow (the convolutions necessary to make the story fit make them very difficult to follow).

The Butler translation does away with all attempts at poetry and is written in prose. This makes the story very easy to follow. One glaring problem is that while the Iliad follows the original Greek (and hence the Greek names), the Odyssey suddenly changes to the character's Roman names and Zeus becomes Jove, Poseidon becomes Neptune and so on. This makes the story extremely difficult to follow as every character changes name.

Kindle edition:
In terms of the Kindle conversion, this was not well done. While it does not suffer from broken lines as other Kindle editions do, there are two big problems: 1) a lack of a table of content, and 2) this edition has not been indexed. Not being indexed means that you cannot use the search feature to jump to a specific book or chapter.

As a reference, The Iliad starts in location 24 and the Odyssey at location 6202.
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It is unfortunate that the "top-rated" reviews for Chapmans Homer here on Amazon seem somewhat unfair and possibly written by people that make you ask why anyone takes their word for it since it doesn't seem to be their genre in the first place?.. But, this could also be due to the fact that some reviews for other translations have found their way onto the same page, somehow. To clarify if unnoticed in the title of this review, this review is for George Chapman's translation of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, called 'Chapmans Homer'..

If you don't like Shakespeare, or Spenser, or the Romantics at least -- obviously this isn't your book.
But for those of us who ARE into said style of romantic/classical/renaissance verse (whatever niche you'd like to fit it into) and are also interested into understanding better such poets as mentioned above themselves -- Chapman's Homer was the first to be done into English verse, first to be done into English at all, and was an immense inspiration and indispensable book to very many of the poets we admire and love for hundreds of years.
Chapman has a great command of style, and his largest accusation has been that he lets the meaning of his translation slip up every once and a while -- which is an annoying accusation, honestly, because most translations into verse from a very different language should be fairly given some elbow room, especially if you're not looking for a dry and worthless translation that is hardly more than a summary-turned-naptime.
These are legends. Legends are inherently organic. They grow. They take a little pinch of innovation here and there. Big deal. Get over it and enjoy this marvelous piece of poetry.

Now.. for the verse quality itself..
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John Keats had it right in 1816: he did not look into Homer, but into the translation / rewriting by George Chapman, published between 1611 and 1615 - contemporaneous with the King James version of the Bible and late Shakespeare.

Therefore it is irritating if a publisher is too lax or too lazy to indicate clearly who the translator of a particular version is. A quick squizz through the reviews also does not bring this information to light, despite a vy direct question about the identity of the translator. Therefore my addition here: I am lucky enough to recognise and compare the first sentences to different translations and found a match.

It is a translation from 1883 by Andrew Lang (who famously published a whole series of fairy tale books), Walter Leaf and Ernest Myers.
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No need to critique this epic - most of us read it at least once in High School and probably again in University. I have read it a few times and this version is great. The cover is horrible but the text is readable which is unusual for a "copyright free". This is an excellent resource if you dont think you will use it very often. If you want something a bit more collectible I would look elsewhere - there are a few beautiful renditions of these stories. I think the one (october release) of the Iliad looks great - http://www.amazon.ca/Illiad-Pauline-Francis/dp/1783220589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400759602&sr=8-1&keywords=illiad+and
It is also inexpensive. For the Odyssey check out http://www.amazon.ca/Penguin-Classics-Odyssey-Homer/dp/0141192445/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400759780&sr=1-4&keywords=the+odyssey which is a little on the expensive side - but the actual cover and binding are impressive looking.

The collection I am reviewing is probably the best bet for the "average person". You get both books in a readable package for around $12.. any other route you take you will likely pay close to $30 (though you will have nicer looking books).
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