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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781147480726
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 746
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Homer
Homer
Ancient Greek poet Homer established the gold standard for heroic quests and sweeping journeys with his pair of classic epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Biography

We know very little about the author of The Odyssey and its companion tale, The Iliad. Most scholars agree that Homer was Greek; those who try to identify his origin on the basis of dialect forms in the poems tend to choose as his homeland either Smyrna, now the Turkish city known as Izmir, or Chios, an island in the eastern Aegean Sea.

According to legend, Homer was blind, though scholarly evidence can neither confirm nor contradict the point.

The ongoing debate about who Homer was, when he lived, and even if he wrote The Odyssey and The Iliad is known as the "Homeric question." Classicists do agree that these tales of the fall of the city of Troy (Ilium) in the Trojan War (The Iliad) and the aftermath of that ten-year battle (The Odyssey) coincide with the ending of the Mycenaean period around 1200 BCE (a date that corresponds with the end of the Bronze Age throughout the Eastern Mediterranean). The Mycenaeans were a society of warriors and traders; beginning around 1600 BCE, they became a major power in the Mediterranean. Brilliant potters and architects, they also developed a system of writing known as Linear B, based on a syllabary, writing in which each symbol stands for a syllable.

Scholars disagree on when Homer lived or when he might have written The Odyssey. Some have placed Homer in the late-Mycenaean period, which means he would have written about the Trojan War as recent history. Close study of the texts, however, reveals aspects of political, material, religious, and military life of the Bronze Age and of the so-called Dark Age, as the period of domination by the less-advanced Dorian invaders who usurped the Mycenaeans is known. But how, other scholars argue, could Homer have created works of such magnitude in the Dark Age, when there was no system of writing? Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, placed Homer sometime around the ninth century BCE, at the beginning of the Archaic period, in which the Greeks adopted a system of writing from the Phoenicians and widely colonized the Mediterranean. And modern scholarship shows that the most recent details in the poems are datable to the period between 750 and 700 BCE.

No one, however, disputes the fact that The Odyssey (and The Iliad as well) arose from oral tradition. Stock phrases, types of episodes, and repeated phrases -- such as "early, rose-fingered dawn" -- bear the mark of epic storytelling. Scholars agree, too, that this tale of the Greek hero Odysseus's journey and adventures as he returned home from Troy to Ithaca is a work of the greatest historical significance and, indeed, one of the foundations of Western literature.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Odyssey.

Good To Know

The meter (rhythmic pattern of syllables) of Homer's epic poems is dactylic hexameter.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Not bad for $1

    It is strange reading a classical Greek story invoking the Roman names of the Gods. Surely there are better translations.

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    One of the best books I have ever read.

    One of the greatest stories that Homer has ever told is The Iliad. It is a historical fiction that was told by Homer, a blind story tell. He told it more than 2,000 years ago in Greece. Most of the characters in his story come from Greece. This story takes place in Troy. At the time, Sparta and itâ¿¿s allies were fighting Troy and its allies. Homer gives great details on what happens and where a scene is happening and that really helped me read this story. One of the main characters, Achilles, was my favorite because he was brave, strong, and everyone liked him accept King Agamemnon. He took his lover away, which makes Troy almost defeat Sparta because Achilles asked Zeus take make Troy win Intel The king gives back his lover. There is also a lot of Greek Mythology like the gods and many of the creatures of ancient Greece like some of the hell hounds and Medusa . The theme of this story is about how hatred can make you do unbelievable things that can be good and bad. I think think that is the theme because in the story many men become hateful and they do crazy things and eventually get punished. One of the things I didnâ¿¿t like in this story was that it would always tell you to much about the simplest things, and it is a complicated read. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a good reader and someone that likes Greek Mythology. Much more happens in this story but if you want to find out then youâ¿¿ll have to read it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Rad this review

    The beginning was a little confusing. But once you got into it it's not that confusing anymore. As long as you know Greek Mythology. I mean I'm in 6th grade and I inow quite a lot of Greek Mythology.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Didnt read well on reader

    Can not read on reader

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Great book- highly recomended

    I love this book and the odyssey too. Must read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Everyone shoukd read this poem

    This work is one of the most influential in the Western corpus, and that we even have a written record of it is a stroke of luck. PLEASE, this is NOT a 'book', it is a POEM that was written in verse, almost certainly by more than one person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Unreadable

    No words, just garbage. Bad download somewhere

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    Great book!

    I eead this book and just fell in love with it. I totally recommend it.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    This format is easier to read...

    The paragraph format makes the story much more readable. The verse format would do things arbitrarily cut a sentence in the middle for no apparent reason 'in English anyways' and start a new line with the remainder of the sentence. It makes no sense to preserve the verse form when the verse qualities are lost in translation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Here is a New Godess and God

    Pepper Godess of Shadows <P> Jason God of the Ellements

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    AHHH! U FORGOT PELE

    GODESS OF FIRE!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Unreadable

    Completly messes up, impossible to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Knny

    Sun?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Sun

    Garrett?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Last res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    The translation or pasting is very wierd.

    The book seems cool... but I cant read it! There are words but its all messed up like they spelled "with" "wjth". Yeah its odd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    YOU FORGOT ZUES!!!!!!

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    List of gods/goddeses/titans DO NOT POST HERE

    DO NOT POST HERE!!!<p>
    Since i didnt finish the others at "athenian constitution" last res, im continuing here. ~&#167&#1108&#1026<p>
    Greek Goddesses in abc order (continued):<p>
    H<br>
    Harmonia ~ goddess of harmony<br>
    Hebe ~ goddess of youth<br>
    Hecate ~ goddess of magic<br>
    Hemera ~ goddess of daylight<br>
    Hera ~ goddess of women and marriage<br>
    Hesperus ~ goddess of the evening star<br>
    Hestia ~ goddess of home and the hearth<br>
    Hygea ~ goddess of cleanliness and hygeine<p>
    I<br>
    Iris ~ goddess of rainbows<p>
    K<br>
    Khione ~ goddess of snow<br>
    Kotys ~ goddess of celebrations<p>
    L<br>
    Lacheses ~ one of the fates<p>
    M<br>
    Maia ~ one of the seven Pleiades<br>
    Mania ~ goddess of insanity and death<br>
    Melpomene ~ one of the muses<br>
    Merope ~ one of the seven Pleiades<p>
    N<br>
    Nemesis ~ goddess of retribution and payback
    Nike ~ goddess of victory<br>
    Nyx ~ goddess of night<p>
    P<br>
    Persephone ~ goddess of spring<br>
    Pheme ~ goddess of gossip and fame<br>
    Phosphorus ~ goddess of the morning star<br>
    Polyhymnia ~ one of the muses<p>
    S<br>
    Selene ~ ancient goddess of the moon and mother of vampires<br>
    Sterope ~ one of the seven Pleiades<br>
    Styx ~ (Has nothing to do with the river styx) a naiad<p>
    T<br>
    Taygete ~ one of the seven Pleiades<br>
    Terpsichore ~ one of the muses<br>
    Thalia ~ one of the muses<br>
    Themis ~ goddess of order<br>
    Tyche ~ goddess of forntune<p>
    U<br>
    Urania ~ one of the muses<p>
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<p>
    Greek titans in abc order:<p>
    A<br>
    Atlas ~ male titan of burden<p>
    C<br>
    Crius ~ male titan of constellations<br>
    Cronus ~ male titan of time (NOT SPELLED Kronos)<p>
    D<br>
    Dione ~ female titan of the oracle of Dodona<p>
    E<br>
    Epimetheus ~ male titan of afterthought (stupidest titan)<p>
    G<br>
    Gaea ~ female titan of earth<p>
    H<br>
    Hyperion ~ male titan of light<p>
    I<br>
    Iapetus ~ male titan of mortality<p>
    M<br>
    Metis ~ female titan of wisdom and knowledge<br>
    Mnemosyne ~ female titan of memory<p>
    N<br>
    Nick (not an official titan) ~ male titan of the elements<p>
    O<br>
    Oceanus ~ male titan of water<p>
    P<br>
    Phoebe ~ female titan of the moon<br>
    Prometheus ~ male titan of forethought (smartest titan)<p>
    R<br>
    Rhea ~ female titan of the heavens<p>
    T<br>
    Tethys ~ second male titan of water<br>
    Thea ~ female titan of heavenly light<br>
    Themis ~ male titan of justice and order<p>
    Thanks! Thats all of them!!!! If you have more to add, put them at the next result! ~&#167&#1108&#1026

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!

    Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!

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