The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer

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The Odyssey of Homer by Homer

The most eloquent translation of Homer's Odyssey into modern English.

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BN ID: 2940000747438
Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 842 KB

About the Author

Homer was a Greek poet, recognized as the author of the great epics, the Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and the Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses’s wanderings.

Allen Mandelbaum was born in 1926 and died in 2011. His translations of Homer, Dante, Virgil, Quasimodo, and Ungaretti were all published to great acclaim. His rendering of The Aeneid won the National Book Award. He was the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

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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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