The Odyssey: Translation, Introduction, and Notes by Barry B. Powell

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The Odyssey is one of the world's greatest and best-loved poems. It has survived for twenty-eight centuries, through upheavals that have wiped out most of what was written in the ancient world. Now Barry B. Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a powerful new translation.

Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and ...

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Overview

The Odyssey is one of the world's greatest and best-loved poems. It has survived for twenty-eight centuries, through upheavals that have wiped out most of what was written in the ancient world. Now Barry B. Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a powerful new translation.

Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of Homer's Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language. Accessible, poetic, and accurate, this translation is an excellent fit for today's students. Powell exposes them to all of the adventure, cunning, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Odyssey.

FEATURES

* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity

* Powell's introduction sets the poem in its philological, mythological, and historical contexts

* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages in each of the poem's twenty-four books

* Six maps (the most of any available translation) provide geographic context for the poem's many place names

* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of important passages are available on the book's Companion Website and indicated in the text margin by an icon

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Barry B. Powell

"This translation is the complete package. A lucid and accessible introduction gives a general audience what they need to appreciate the nature of this extraordinary poem, and the translation itself is admirably energetic, readable, and direct. Powell's style is individual and self-assured, and his lines cry out to be read aloud. He can do justice both to the scenes of mayhem in the central war books and to the poignant conversations between Hector and Andromache, or between Achilles and Priam. Just as in the original, the pace never lets up and the events of that long-lost past flash by. It is a remarkable achievement, one that fully deserves to rank with any of the current contenders."—Denis Feeney, Princeton University

"Barry Powell, the master of classical mythology, has done it again—a powerful translation of the poem that started European literature. His muscular verses are faithful to the original Greek but bring the characters to life. This is a page-turner, bound to become the new standard translation."—Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules—for Now

"This fine translation of the Iliad uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity. It gives the modern reader as good an impression of Homer's sonorous Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language; its execution is faithful in spirit to the poet, who composed his great epic orally without the use of writing. Both the translation and the introduction are consistently informed by the best recent scholarship. This translation deserves a very warm welcome."—Richard Janko, Gerald F. Else Distinguished University Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

"Barry Powell's clever translation is simple and energetic: sometimes coarse, sometimes flowing, it is always poetically engaged. This is a harsh, straightforward, and often brutal world of aristocratic warriors whose values are unambiguous, priorities fixed, and sensibilities basic. Fresh and eminently readable, Powell's Iliad is likely to stay."—Margalit Finkelberg, Professor of Classics, University of Tel Aviv, and editor of The Homer Encyclopedia

"Barry Powell, a published poet and novelist, has produced an Iliad translation for the 21st century. Powell's translation beautifully conveys Homer's direct, yet often archaic, style; the introduction and notes situate the poem in its historical and literary context, so that a reader—specialist or otherwise—can appreciate the poem both as a product of its time and as a timeless work exercising its fascination in shifting ways on generations of readers for nearly 3,000 years."—John Bennet, Professor of Aegean Archaeology, University of Sheffield

"Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original: graceful, matter of fact, poetic in a pleasantly understated way. Lucid and fast, the text immediately engrosses the reader, with a tight and balanced rhythm that sings, and with a closeness to the original that allows the reader to hear the incantatory repetitions in the Greek. More accessible than Lattimore, more poetic than Lombardo, and more accurate than Fagles or Fitzgerald, this translation is an excellent fit for today's students."—William A. Johnson, Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University

"Magnetically readable."—Booklist, starred review

"[A] clear and energetic translation. Staying true to Homer's poetic rhythms, Powell avoids the modified iambic lines found in Lattimore's, Fagles's, and Mitchell's works. He also avoids Lombardo's tendency to cast Homer in contemporary language and Fitzgerald's anachronisms. This fine version of The Iliad has a feel for the Greek but is more accessible than Verity's translation."—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199925889
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 581,707
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for thirty-four years.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Translator
Maps
Homeric Timeline
Introduction
Book 1: Telemachos in Ithaca
Book 2: Telemachos Calls an Assembly
Book 3: Telemachos in Pylos
Book 4: Telemachos in Sparta
Book 5: Odysseus and Kalypso
Book 6: Odysseus and Nausicaä
Book 7: Odysseus in the Phaeacian Court
Book 8: The Stranger in Town
Book 9: Odysseus in the Cave of Cyclops
Book 10: Odysseus and Kirkê
Book 11: Odysseus in the Underworld
Book 12: Odysseus on the Island of the Sun
Book 13: Home at Last
Book 14: Odysseus in the Pig Herder's Hut
Book 15: The Pig Herder's Tale
Book 16: Father and Son
Book 17: The Faithful Dog Argos
Book 18: Presents from the Suitors
Book 19: Odysseus' Scar
Book 20: A Vision of Doom
Book 21: The Contest of the Bow
Book 22: The Slaughter of the Suitors
Book 23: Husband and Wife
Book 24: Father and Son
Bibliography
Credits
Pronouncing Glossary/Index

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