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Fox (university reader, ancient history, Oxford Univ.; The Unauthorized Version) has produced a work of prodigious scholarship, with a title deceptive in its simplicity since the book is about more than Odysseus and his ilk. In fact, Fox explores cultural exchanges between Greece and the areas to the East during the eighth century B.C.E., when the Iliad and Odyssey were written. In particular, the Euboean Greeks played an important role in these exchanges-a theory Fox demonstrates with enviable skill, drawing on archaeological and mythic evidence. Each chapter's footnotes are a joy to read on their own merit but also give cohesiveness to a work definitely intended for the experts; despite Fox's facile writing style, this text is not for the fainthearted. That said, the book is a major contribution to Classical scholarship and will be read by teachers of the mythology, archaeology, and literature of the region ranging from Syria to Italy-and beyond in both directions. A case in point: Fox demonstrates that the mythical giants of Syria were still affecting the literature during the Italian Renaissance. Strongly recommended for all serious readers in Classical studies.