The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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With an Introduction and Notes by Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Homer's great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. His colourful adventures, his endurance, his love for his wife and son have the same power to move and inspire readers today as they did in Archaic Greece, 2800 years ago.

This poem has been translated many times over the years, but Chapman's sinewy, gorgeous rendering (1616) stands in a class of its own. Chapman believed himself inspired by the spirit of Homer himself, and matches the breadth and power of the original with a complex and stunning idiom of his own. John Keats expressed his admiration for the resulting work in the famous sonnet, 'On first looking into Chapman's Homer': 'Much have I travelled in the realms of gold...'

This new Wordsworth edition of Chapman's Homer contains accessible annotation, and a detailed introduction that places his masterpiece in the context of his own day, and discusses its influences on later poets.
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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 317g
  • Herts, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1853260258
  • 9781853260254
  • 4,409

About Homer

Homer ist der erste namentlich bekannte Dichter der griechischen Antike. Er lebte vermutlich gegen Ende des 8. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. in den von Griechen kolonisierten Gebieten Kleinasiens und gilt als Schöpfer der ältesten Werke der abendländischen Literatur: der Ilias, der Odyssee und der Homerischen Hymnen. Schon in der Antike wurde über Homers Person und Herkunft diskutiert: Smyrna, Athen, Ithaka, Pylos, Kolophon, Argos und Chios beanspruchten, als sein Geburtsort zu gelten. Über sein Leben ist wenig Genaues bekannt. Die ersten sicheren literarischen Zeugen sind Pindar, Heraklit und Simonides. Wahrscheinlich zog er als fahrender Sänger (Rhapsode) von Hof zu Hof und trug seine Lieder und epischen Dichtungen dem adligen Publikum vor. Armut und Blindheit werden ihm zugeschrieben, seine Teilnahme am Sängerkrieg in Chalkis und sein Tod auf Ios bleiben Vermutung.
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