The Odyssey of Homer: Translated by T.E. Lawrence

The Odyssey of Homer: Translated by T.E. Lawrence

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by Homer, T. E. Lawrence, Bernard Knox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195068181

ISBN-13: 9780195068184

Pub. Date: 07/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Colonel T.E. Lawrence was one of the most flamboyant figures of his era, known throughout the Western world as Lawrence of Arabia. Glory-seeking yet self-effacing, this soldier, archaeologist, spy, and scholar was a war hero whom Winston Churchill called "one of the greatest men of our time." Less well known were his abilities as historian and author,

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Colonel T.E. Lawrence was one of the most flamboyant figures of his era, known throughout the Western world as Lawrence of Arabia. Glory-seeking yet self-effacing, this soldier, archaeologist, spy, and scholar was a war hero whom Winston Churchill called "one of the greatest men of our time." Less well known were his abilities as historian and author, which won him the admiration of such writers as Ezra Pound, W.H. Auden, and Robert Graves.
While stationed on a desolate R.A.F. outpost on the fringes of the Karachi desert in India, Lawrence began his acclaimed translation of The Odyssey. He devoted himself to the project for four years, and during that time he came to feel that he was uniquely suited to the task. "I have hunted wild boars and watched wild lions," he wrote. "Built boats and killed many men. So I have odd knowledges that qualify me to understand The Odyssey, and odd experiences that interpret it to me." Relying on an innate sense of language and truly gifted abilities at translation, Lawrence transformed Homer's Odyssey into mellifluous prose. The result was an overnight bestseller. The New York Herald Tribune hailed it "perhaps the most interesting translation of the world's most interesting book," and The New York Times called it "ruggedly and roughly masculine" and added that it "gives a vividness to the story beyond any other text familiar to us."
Lawrence breathes new life into the adventures of Odysseus, smoothing the reader's path through a fantastic array of monsters, temptresses, gods, and goddesses. For a generation of readers accustomed to verse translations of Homer, this bold and vivid prose version is well worth rediscovery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195068184
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1991
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Suggestions for further reading
A note on the Greek text
Bk. 1The Gods, Athene and Telemachos1
Bk. 2Telemachos and the Suitors10
Bk. 3Telemachos in Pylos19
Bk. 4Telemachos in Sparta30
Bk. 5Odysseus and Kalypso47
Bk. 6Nausikaa57
Bk. 7Odysseus in Phaiacia64
Bk. 8Phaiacian Games and Song71
Bk. 9The Cyclops83
Bk. 10Kirke95
Bk. 11The Underworld107
Bk. 12Skylla and Charybdis120
Bk. 13Return to Ithaka130
Bk. 14Odysseus and Eumaios140
Bk. 15Telemachos Returns151
Bk. 16Odysseus and Telemachos163
Bk. 17Odysseus Comes to his House173
Bk. 18Odysseus as Beggar186
Bk. 19Eurykleia Recognises Odysseus195
Bk. 20Insults and Omens208
Bk. 21The Trial of the Bow217
Bk. 22The Suitors Killed226
Bk. 23Odysseus and Penelope237
Bk. 24The Underworld, Laertes, Peace245
Index257

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