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The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer
     

The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer

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by Homer, Thomas Hobbes (Translator)
 

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While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself. Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, laid the foundation upon which Ancient Greece developed not only its culture, but its societal values,

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While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself. Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, laid the foundation upon which Ancient Greece developed not only its culture, but its societal values, religious beliefs, and practice of warfare as well.

This publication features the Samuel Butler translation, and while it strays from the poetic style reproduced by more well known translators like Robert Fagles and Robert Fitzgerald, the vision of the epics as if they were prose found in modern novels take their best form under Butler's most capable hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780404541187
Publisher:
AMS Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1979
Series:
Augustan Translators Series
Edition description:
1st AMS ed
Pages:
384

Meet the Author

Homer was an ancient Greek poet and storyteller, to whom is attributed the authorship of THE ODYSSEY and THE ILIAD. Little is known for certain of Homer's life. According to Greek historian Herodotus, he lived around 850 BC, although other ancient sources put his life nearer the time of the Trojan War (c. 1250 BC). Homer may have been born in Ionia in Asia Minor, possibly at Smyrna, or on the island of Chios. He may have died on the island of Ios.

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Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Illiad was a great read in this book. I was suprised to see the digital layout change completely when it went on to the odyssey. It may just be me but I had to buy another version to be able to finish reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't alter the text and Robert Fagles' translations are better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its only a 94 page review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This translation, while faithful enough, has two main flaws. The less important one is that it renders Homer's verse as prose. The one that boggles my mind is that the translators use the gods' Roman names. They even alternate between using Odysseus and Ulyssees in the Iliad to refer to the character who becomes the hero of the Odyssey. I just don't see the advantage when translating Greek texts hundreds of years older than Herodotus. Just plain dumb. The second star is because it is faithful enough in meaning and thus not a complete waste. Just dumb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great way to learn some history and about mythology
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book its hard to grasp becuse its an epic and its greek but get the sample just to start
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Greek and Roman myths(thanks to Rick Riordan) I even disided to do my monthly book project on this!(7th grade) But I need to kniw. In this book is the Illiad or the Odessy first? Any way five stars and recomended to all Greek and Roman myth-lovers!( WARNING! Some names in this book are mixed with greek and roman names( and others). For example, Hera is Juno and Zeus is Jove(<-IDK) but the first book is writen in the greek point of view.
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manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT DID LEONIDAS SAY WHEN XERES ASKED THE SPARTANS TO SURRENDER THEIR WEAPONS?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Iliad and had to write as a school project The Odyssey is great too I actually read the Odyssey first, but Oddysseus has always been my favorite
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This book is the original. Most people think that others are, but this holds the throne. The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer is one of the best literature books out there, in the world of books.