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VOYAThese two volumes by Claudia and Vernon Johnson and by James Morrison exhibit different approaches to studying the Odyssey. The Morrison book, which is a stand-alone title, begins with three essays discussing the Odyssey as literature, Homeric values, and Homer and history. Later chapters discuss each book of the Odyssey, dealing with plot, characterization, and other literary features as well as the main themes. Many quotations and references to other works such as the Iliad are used. Offset boxes act like sidebars with detailed information about Greek language, geography, and interesting facts about life in ancient Greece. The book finishes with several appendixes, including a character index and pronunciation guide, activities and classroom projects, Odyssean themes and the movies, and Web sites devoted to Homer. The author explains literary technique quite clearly through his readable prose. This book will be a good reference for students just beginning to study the Odyssey, or for students or teachers who want to understand it better. The activities listed in the appendix cover all levels from elementary through college. The Johnsons' book is a work of scholarly argument about the many issues surrounding Homer and the Odyssey for older students interested in serious research. It is a part of the Literature in Context series. Each chapter deals with a particular aspect of Homer and the Odyssey, such as geography, archaeological excavations, history, the Trojan War, revenge, athletes, heroes, and the contemporary relevance of the themes. Chapters begin with an introduction to the topic and contain quotes relevant to the context from ancient to modern writers. Useful questions for oraland written discussion and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter. Teachers could find this book helpful for understanding different aspects of the book before teaching it. Both volumes would be quite useful to anyone trying to teach or understand the Odyssey. Morrison's contribution is more accessible to younger high school students and is more of a direct aid to reading the book, whereas the Johnsons' book deals more with analysis. Depending on a library's need, both books could easily be useful. 2003, Greenwood, 224p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Further Reading., PLB Ages 15 to Adult.