The Odyssey

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Oxford University Press, 1980 - Literary Collections - 349 pages
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A sequel to the Iliad narrating the ten years' adventures of Ulysses during his return journey from Troy to his own kingdom, the island of Ithaca.

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The story itself and poetic writing was enjoyable. - Goodreads
Many complain that it's hard to read... - Goodreads
The finest introduction to the Odyssey. - Goodreads
You can't get five stars with an ending this bad. - Goodreads
Had a great plot and outstanding themes. - Goodreads
The pictures are vivid and the story is wonderful. - Goodreads

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I'm doing a Coursera Greek & Roman Mythology course, this is one of the texts. I really liked it (and even got my book club to read it too). Surprisingly vibrant for a 3000 year old book. In parts ... Read full review

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Exciting, engaging, far better than I came in expecting. Liked it, respect it, am glad I took the time to read it, and not just for the "in" on literary references elsewhere. But this is not one of my favorites, and never will be. Read full review

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Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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