Homer's epic chronicle of the Greek hero Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War has inspired writers from Virgil to James Joyce. Odysseus survives storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclops and the isle of Circe, the lure of the Sirens' song and a trip to the Underworld, only to find his most difficult challenge at home, where treacherous suitors seek to steal his kingdom and his loyal wife, Penelope. Favorite of the gods, Odysseus embodies the energy, intellect, and resourcefulness that were of highest value to the ancients and that remain ideals in out time.
In this new verse translation, Allen Mandelbaumcelebrated poet and translator of Virgil's Aeneid and Dante's Divine Comedy realizes the power and beauty of the original Greek verse and demonstrates why the epic tale of The Odyssey has captured the human imagination for nearly three thousand years.
"A splendid achievement outstripping all competitors."Anthony A. Long, author of Hellenistic Philosophy
"With real poetic power...his book is one no lover of living poetry should miss."The New York Times Book Review
|Publisher:||Knopf Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Translation by Robert Fitzgerald|
About the Author
Robert Fitzgerald's versions of the Iliad, the Aeneid, and the Oedipus cycle of Sophocles (with Dudley Fitts) are also classics. At his death, in 1988, he was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Odessey has its moments, exciting, scary, romantic. Overall it was alright, but not worth remembering.
For those who know a little Latin, Fitzgerald is probably the most readable. Read aloud, it has an unsurpassed grasp of the rhythms of the original.