The Odyssey

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The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. It is believed to have been composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.
The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as...
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Overview

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. It is believed to have been composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.
The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.
It continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world. Many scholars believe that the original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos (epic poet/singer), perhaps a rhapsode (professional performer), and was more likely intended to be heard than read. The details of the ancient oral performance, and the story's conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars. The Odyssey was written in a poetic dialect of Greek-a literary amalgam of Aeolic Greek, Ionic Greek, and other Ancient Greek dialects-and comprises 12,110 lines of dactylic hexameter.Among the most noteworthy elements of the text are its non-linear plot, and the influence on events of choices made by women and serfs, besides the actions of fighting men. In the English language as well as many others, the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage.
The Odyssey has a lost sequel, the Telegony, which was not written by Homer. It was usually attributed in Antiquity to Cinaethon of Sparta, but in one source was said to have been stolen from Musaeus by Eugamon or Eugammon of Cyrene (see Cyclic poets).

A retelling of Homer's epic that describes the wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497362994
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/17/2014
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 320,874
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    The Origin of the Adventure Genre

    This is the Adventure story which all others since have been based on. It is a hard read for most people, especially the layman. But the story was meant to be heard after all. I certainly recomend audiobook format for those new to the Greek or Epic format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    The Odyssey

    You shouldn't buy this book if you're not interested in Greek Mythology. To anyone who enjoys Greek Mythology this is a good and interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2002

    OH MY GOSH!

    this book was utterly dull. it was so boring i fell asleep every time i read the thing. i pity anyone who has to read it. yes it is a classic peace and that is the only reason it is still on the shelf. that and horrible lit. teachers assign it for summer reading. this happens to be the reason i have to read it. peace of advice buy it on tape!

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