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The Odyssey (edition 2010)

by Homer (Author)

Series: Homer's Epic Cycle (2)

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Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, Odysseus meets the challenges of gods and monsters.
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The Odyssey by Homer

  1. 302
    The Iliad by Homer (caflores)
  2. 242
    The Aeneid by Publius Virgilius Maro (caflores)
  3. 152
    The King Must Die by Mary Renault (alalba)
  4. 60
    Homer's Daughter by Robert Graves (MarcusBrutus)
    MarcusBrutus: Robert Graves took the story of "The Odyssey's" authorship and expounds on the theory that it was written by a woman. This is a novel based on that idea.
  5. 126
    Ulysses by James Joyce (chrisharpe)
  6. 62
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Gawain Poet (chrisharpe)
  7. 62
    The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: Only Greece's greatest modern writer would have the nerve and ability to send Odysseus back on his journeying.
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    Voyages and Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation by Richard Hakluyt (KayCliff)
  9. 20
    The quest for Ulysses by W. B. Stanford (Michael.Rimmer)
  10. 43
    The Lost Books of The Odyssey: A Novel by Zachary Mason (slickdpdx)
  11. 10
    Antigone; Oedipus Rex; Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles (chwiggy)
  12. 32
    The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson (chrisharpe)
  13. 87
    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (BookWallah)
    BookWallah: Odysseus & Shackleton both had travails getting home from their epic voyages. Differences in their stories: The former’s took 17 years, lost all his men, & was told as epic poetry. The latter’s took 16 months, saved all his men, & is told as gripping biography.… (more)
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    T. E. Lawrence : translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey' by T. E. Lawrence (KayCliff)
  15. 12
    Stories from Homer by Alfred J. Church (KayCliff)
  16. 37
    The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Jitsusama)
    Jitsusama: An ancient classic revolving around Greek Myth. A great help to better understand the mythology of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
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    Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence by Jeremy Wilson (KayCliff)
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This is a clear translation in prose, rather then verse. I found it to be interesting to read - I have read other versions in the past. The story takes a bit to get going, and there is a lull in the back third as well. However, it is still fun to read, and references many other myths. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
3*
this was about what I expected it to be. There was a lot of Flowery language and there were some parts that were a bit repetitive. it was a bit difficult to keep the character straight but I think part of that was because I chose to listen to it versus read it myself. I'm able to recognize characters names a lot easier by the first couple letters of their names if they are not a familiar name to me and just listening to the names being spoken made it difficult to keep track of who is being referred to. I was familiar with certain parts of the story already so that made listening to it a bit easier to follow. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Great story, but such a terrible translation.

God, Heaven, Hell, and I think even the Devil make an appearance. I kept expecting Jesus to show up walking across the water to convey Odysseus home. Plus it's written as if this tale takes place in the British Isles rather than the Mediterranean.

I'm not going to force myself to slog through another dated mistranslation. Life is too short for that. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
Cool story. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
It follows the Greek hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the Trojan War. After the war itself, which lasted ten years, his journey lasts for ten additional years, during which time he encounters many perils and all his crewmates are killed. In his absence, Odysseus is assumed dead, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must contend with a group of unruly suitors who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.

The Odyssey was originally composed in Homeric Greek in around the 8th or 7th century BCE and, by the mid-6th century BCE, had become part of the Greek literary canon. In antiquity, Homer's authorship of the poem was not questioned, but contemporary scholarship predominantly assumes that the Iliad and the Odyssey were composed independently, and the stories themselves formed as part of a long oral tradition. Given widespread illiteracy, the poem was performed by an aoidos or rhapsode, and more likely to be heard than read.

The Odyssey is regarded as one of the most significant works of the Western canon. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Feb 25, 2021 |
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In this interview, we discuss how her [Wilson's] identity as a woman—and a cis-gendered feminist—informs her translation work, how her Odyssey translation honors both ancient traditions and contemporary reading practices, and what Homer meant when he called Dawn, repeatedly, “rosy-fingered.”
 
(Emily Wilson translation): To read a translation is like looking at a photo of a sculpture: It shows the thing, but not from every angle. Like every translator, Wilson brings out some features more clearly than others. But altogether it’s as good an “Odyssey” as one could hope for.
 
The verse idiom of the 20th century does not allow poets to create a grand style, but Mr. Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet timeless, dignified and yet animated by the vigor and energy essential to any good rendering of this poem. ... This book is a memorable achievement, and the long and excellent introduction by Bernard Knox is a further bonus, scholarly but also relaxed and compellingly readable. Mr. Fagles's translation of the ''Iliad'' was greeted by a chorus of praise when it appeared; his ''Odyssey'' is a worthy successor.
 
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Ameis, Karl FriedrichEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Butler, SamuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calzecchi Onesti, RosaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cauer, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chapman, Georgesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christian, AntonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Church, Alfred JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Codino, FaustoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Erni, HansIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gertz, Martin ClarentiusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hentze, CarlEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, Peter V.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirk, G. S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lawrence, T. E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Loomis, Louise RopesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucas, F. L.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rieu, D. C. H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The man for wisdom's various arts renown'd,
Long exercised in woes, O Muse! resound;
Who, when his arms had wrought the destined fall
Of sacred Troy, and razed her heaven-built wall,
Wandering from clime to clime, observant stray'd,
Their manners noted, and their states survey'd,
On stormy seas unnumber'd toils he bore,
Safe with his friends to gain his natal shore. (Alexander Pope)
Musa, quell'uom di moltiforme ingegno
Dimmi, che molto errò, poich'ebbe a terra
Gittate d'Ilion le sacre torri;
The Man, O Muse, informe that many a way
Wound with his wisedome to his wished stay;
That wanderd wondrous farre when He the towne
Of sacred Troy had sackt and shiverd downe.
The cities of a world of nations,
With all their manners, mindes and fashions,
He saw and knew; at Sea felt many woes,
Much care sustaind, to save from overthrowes
Himselfe and friends in their retreate for home. (George Chapman)
Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home. (Samuel Butler)
Tell me, Muse, of the man of many ways, who was driven
far journeys, after he had sacked Troy's sacred citadel.
Many were they whose cities he saw, whose minds he learned of,
many the pains he suffered in his spirit on the wide sea,
struggling for his own life and the homecoming of his companions. (Richmond Lattimore)
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But by this earth, and by the sky above, and by the waters of the Styx below, which is the strongest oath for blessed gods..." - Calypso, Book 5
... a woman slaving at her quern, in the mill-room attached to the palace of the people's shepherd. There all day twelve women strove their hardest, grinding barley-meal and flour, the marrow of man's strength. (Book XX)
I live in pellucid Ithaca, the island of Mount Neriton, whose upstanding slopes are all a-quiver with the wind-blown leaves. About it lie many other islands very near to one another. My island stands deep in the sea and nearer the west than its neighbours which rather face the dawning and the sun. It is a harsh land, yet it breeds good youths.
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Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, Odysseus meets the challenges of gods and monsters.

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The Odyssey is the epic poem about the great adventurer Odysseus. After the great fall of Troy, Odysseus has some difficulties finding his way back to Ithaca. He encounters sirens, giants and many other mythical creatures and it takes him 10 years to find his way home. I enjoyed this book because it of the mythology and the adventure that it portrays and I think it is a good read.

AR Level 10.3, 24 pts
Historical Italian translation of Homer's Odyssey. Ippolito Pindemonte (1753-1828) thought that the Odyssey, although lacking the force and beauty of the Iliad, was poetically much nearer to his soul than the Iliad.
Durante il ritorno dalla guerra di Troia, un destino crudele prende a bersagliare Odisseo (Ulisse, per i latini) e i suoi compagni: la loro patria, l'isola di Itaca, pare allontanarsi per sempre, il viaggio sembra impossibile. Lucido e ostinato, pronto a tutto, Odisseo ricorda, previene e si oppone alla sorte, pur di approdare al porto natale e riprendere in pugno il proprio mondo. Ma quel mondo è cambiato, ed è cambiato anche lui. Prefazione di Fausto Codino.
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Greek hero of Troy
Takes long time getting back home
Having adventures.
(pickupsticks)
Son wants his Paw home;
Paw away on business trip—
Sneaks home for bloodbath.
(LeBoeuf)

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