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Homer: Odyssey I and II
     

Homer: Odyssey I and II

by Homer, P. V. Jones (Editor)
 
By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place among the greatest tales in the world. It tells of Odysseus' adventurous wanderings as he returns from the long war at Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca, where his

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By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place among the greatest tales in the world. It tells of Odysseus' adventurous wanderings as he returns from the long war at Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca, where his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have been waiting for him for twenty years. He meets a one-eyed giant, Polyphemus the Cyclops; he visits the underworld; he faces the terrible monsters Scylla and Charybdis; he extricates himself from the charms of Circe and Calypso. After these and numerous other legendary encounters he finally reaches home, where, disguised as a beggar, he begins to plan revenge on the suitors who have for years been besieging Penelope and feasting on his own meat and wine with insolent impunity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780856684692
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics representthe beginning of the Western canon, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

Martin Hammond was Head of Classics and Master in College at Eton College. He was also Headmster of City of London School, andTonbridge School, Kent. His acclaimed translation of the Iliad was published by Penguin Classics.

Jasper Griffin is Professor of Classical Literature at Oxford.

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