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
     
 

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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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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)

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The Odyssey of Homer (Lawrence translation) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lattimore is the best tranlator of Ancient Greek I've seen. As a classics major I have translated numberous tragedies as well as both the Iliad and the Odyssey and Lattimore's translations have often helped me through some rough spots. If you want to get a true idea of the way the Greek was meant to be understood, your best bet is to read translations done by Lattimore.
Ron007 More than 1 year ago
Apparently aircraftsman Shaw (T.E. Lawrence; 'Lawrence of Arabia') occupied his spare time while hiding himself in the ranks of the RAF, translating Homer's Odyssey from the original Greek into accessible English. He therefore broke with the strictures of its verse and moved the epic poem into what is essentially, a great adventure story. It is also reported that he took, by some standards, excessive time in crafting the translation; working on particular sections time and again, until his skills as a wordsmith, brought him perfection in phrasing. It is hard work when you start reading but once you become accustomed to the flow of the text, it eases the effort. Some of the wording is, to me sublime. Two examples illustrate: ‘As he was running on, the Goddess broke into a smile and petted him with her hand. She waxed tall: she turned womanly: she was beauty’s mistress, dowered with every accomplishment of taste. Then she spoke to him in words which thrilled.’(p.189). ‘...for there is nothing so good and lovely as when man and wife in their home dwell together in unity of mind and disposition.’(p.89). Need I say more?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was vey invigorating and interesting, Richard Lattimore was (in my opinion) the best translators of his time.The Odyssey takes you on the voyage of Odyseus and makes it feel like you are right there beside the characters.This is a very good book to enjoy by the fire or anywhere one has room to read and keep thoughts clear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a translation by George Herbert Palmer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Odyssey of Homer by Richard Lattimore is an eloquent masterpiece. Richard¿s translation is highly recommended, intriques the reader, and easy to comprehend. This long narrative poem is about the journey of Odysseus. Captain of the Greeks, Royal King of Ithada, and Godlike, Odysseus, ceases the day when he defeats Troy. Odysseus proves his heroism through this intellectual strength, cleverness, and yet, his weakness. All of these superhuman traits are found in each of the sections of the book. The four broad sections of Odyssey are: The Adventures of Telemachos, The homecoming of Odyssseus, The Great Wanderings, and Odysseus on Ithaka.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The gods/goddesses list has errors (many) and a real leader of Camp Jupiter would be called a praetor.
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Im back
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Yep.
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