The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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By its evocation of a real or imaged heroic age, its contrasts of character and its variety of adventure, above all by its sheer narrative power, the Odyssey has won and preserved its place among the greatest tales in the world. It tells of Odysseus' adventurous wanderings as he returns from the long war at Troy to his home in the Greek island of Ithaca, where his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have been waiting for him for twenty years. He meets a one-eyed giant, Polyphemus the Cyclops; he visits the underworld; he faces the terrible monsters Scylla and Charybdis; he extricates himself from the charms of Circe and Calypso. After these and numerous other legendary encounters he finally reaches home, where, disguised as a beggar, he begins to plan revenge on the suitors who have for years been besieging Penelope and feasting on his own meat and wine with insolent impunity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps
  • 0192833758
  • 9780192833754
  • 1,075,627

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"This would be an appropriate selection--for the literature, for the myth--and what a wonderful time my students and I could have finding depictions in the visual arts."--Professor Dixie Durham, Chapman University"This is a wonderful translation....This should be the Odyssey of choice when translations are read in college courses."--Mark Taylor, Manhattan College"A fine, inexpensive prose adaptation."--John Thomas, University of Iowa "This would be an appropriate selection--for the literature, for the myth--and what a wonderful time my students and I could have finding depictions in the visual arts."--Professor Dixie Durham, Chapman University "This is a wonderful translation....This should be the Odyssey of choice when translations are read in college courses."--Mark Taylor, Manhattan College "A fine, inexpensive prose adaptation."--John Thomas, University of Iowa "This would be an appropriate selection--for the literature, for the myth--and what a wonderful time my students and I could have finding depictions in the visual arts."--Professor Dixie Durham, Chapman University "This is a wonderful translation....This should be the Odyssey of choice when translations are read in college courses."--Mark Taylor, Manhattan College "A fine, inexpensive prose adaptation."--John Thomas, University of Iowa "This would be an appropriate selection--for the literature, for the myth--and what a wonderful time my students and I could have finding depictions in the visual arts."--Professor Dixie Durham, Chapman University"This is a wonderful translation....This should be the Odyssey of choice when translations are read in college courses."--Mark Taylor, Manhattan College"A fine, inexpensive prose adaptation."--John Thomas, University of Iowashow more

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