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  • ISBN-13: 9781277657111
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Pages: 534
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.08 (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 September 12, 2011

    NOT Lattimore

    It's the Alexander Pope translation. Don't understand why they can't get the description right.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Yes! The perfect translation!! And it's free! Yes! The perfect translation!!

    I needed this particular translation of the Iliad for my school, but it took me forever to find this stashed away among all the other translaters. If the price for the first copy you find is $0.99, keep looking- there's quite a few free ones floating around towards page 12-ish. I hope you end up liking this mythological war-tale as much as I do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Apt reading for America today

    Perhaps one of the first anti-war works of literature, the Iliad stands as relevant for our world today as it has been for the Greeks of 3000 years ago. Lattimore has given us with a brilliant translation that makes this masterpiece accessible in all its beauty to modern-day English speakers. The introduction provides the necessary understanding of the background and translation scheme, adding to the appreciation of the poem, but concise and short enough to permit the reader to delve into the beauty of the Iliad without much further ado. The Iliad of course is the most famous classic Greek poem. In reading this translation, one vividly moves into the world of the gods and heroes. Though seemingly long, the Iliad is breathtaking in its action and plot sequences. It is easy to get lost imagining the conflicts between Achilleus, Agamemnon, and Hector, or reflecting on the fascinating intrigues of Athena and Zeus. There are many lessons in these tales for everyone today, for we humans still behave within the same parameters of pride, glory, anger, vengeance, and love. After reading it, I was left reflecting about th meaning of victory, and how Achilleus was unsatisfied after obtaining his revenge. Read it, and you will instantly recognized why this epic poem has been deemed a masterpiece.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Ambertree

    Nothing lets get back to camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Darkmoon

    Now i dont feel bad for being nosy Windheart. You were watching us? He laughs quietly

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    Posted January 21, 2014

    Windheart

    K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Silvermist

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Good book but bad transation

    This book must of been scaned wrong. The real book is great .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    pope translation but poor scan

    Not readable skip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Unreadable

    All the text was simply mispelled in many computer functions. You do not want to buy this copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Battle

    This book has awsome battle scenes.the are descriped in great detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    The Iliad understandable!

    Lattimore's lengthy preface was well worth my time in helping me understand the mythology of the time. Now,if I could just find a work that illuminated ancient, pre-historic Rome (or Ruma) religious "beliefs."

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