The Iliad and the Odyssey

The Iliad and the Odyssey

by Homer
     
 

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Translated by George Chapman, with Introductions by Jan Parker.

Hector bidding farewell to his wife and baby son, Odysseus bound to the mast listening to the Sirens, Penelope at the loom, Achilles dragging Hector's body round the walls of Troy - scenes from Homer have been reportrayed in every generation. The questions about

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Translated by George Chapman, with Introductions by Jan Parker.

Hector bidding farewell to his wife and baby son, Odysseus bound to the mast listening to the Sirens, Penelope at the loom, Achilles dragging Hector's body round the walls of Troy - scenes from Homer have been reportrayed in every generation. The questions about mortality and identity that Homer's heroes ask, the bonds of love, respect and fellowship that motivate them, have gripped audiences for three millennia.

Chapman's Iliad and Odyssey are great English epic poems, but they are also two of the liveliest and readable translations of Homer. Chapman's freshness makes the everyday world of nature and the craftsman as vivid as the battlefield and Mount Olympus. His poetry is driven by the excitement of the Renaissance discovery of classical civilisation as at once vital and distant, and is enriched by the perspectives of humanist thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848704848
Publisher:
Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Classics of World Literature
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
976
Sales rank:
1,088,721
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Not much is known about Homer, who was considered by the ancient Greeks to be the greatest epic poet for his works, The Iliad and The Odyssey, two poems that have had a lasting influence on Western literature.

Andrew Lynn teaches literature and writing at Barnard College. He is currently at work on a book about musical listening, silent reading, and the nineteenth-century novel.

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