The Odyssey

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Macmillan, Nov 17, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 432 pages
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The Odyssey is the original journey tale, a genre that has lasted three thousand years, and has had a lasting influence on on literature and art. The trials of Odysseus were first told by the great bard Homer. For ten long years the Greeks and Trojans have fought on the plains of Troy, and now Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, and the other victorious Greeks are ready to sail home. But after offending the sea god, Poseidon, Odysseus is hurled into years of wandering the seas, encountering monsters and sirens, raging storms and seductive idylls, before he is able to return to his wife, his son and his homeland.

This masterpiece keeps its appeal not only because it reflects a glorious time of heroes and wonders, but because it is a work that still speaks to the lives we live today. Forge book is proud to present The Odyssey in Dr. Eickhoff's compelling and authoritative new translation.
 

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Novelist and translator Eickhoff maintains an abiding interest in both the epic and the figure of Odysseus. In his novel Return to Ithaca, for instance, he uses the Homeric tradition to shape a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
17
THE FIRST BOOK The Couneil of the Gods
47
THE SECOND BOOK The Couneil of the Ithacan Elders
57
THE THIRD BOOK A Visit to the Lord of Pylos
73
THE FOURTH BOOK A Visit to Menelaus and Helen
89
THE FIFTH BOOK The Loving Nymph and the Open Sea
113
THE SIXTH BOOK The Discovery of Nausicaa
127
THE SEVENTH BOOK The Palace of Alcinous
137
THE SIXTEENTH BOOK The Discovery of Odysseus
265
THE SEVENTEENTH BOOK Telemachus Visits with Penelope
279
THE EIGHTEENTH BOOK The Return of Odysseus
295
THE NINETEENTH BOOK The Discovery of the Nurse
307
THE TWENTIETH BOOK Advice from a Goddess
319
THE TWENTYFIRST BOOK The Test of the Bow
329
THE TWENTYSECOND BOOK The Bloody Hall
339
THE TWENTYTHIRD BOOK The Secret of the Bed
351

THE EIGHTH BOOK The Songs of the Harper
147
THE NINTH BOOK The Adventure with the Cyclops
163
THE TENTH BOOK The Adventure with Circe
177
THE ELEVENTH BOOK The Visit to the Land of Hades
195
THE TWELFTH BOOK The Great Perils of the Sea
213
THE THIRTEENTH BOOK Athene Advises Odysseus
225
THE FOURTEENTH BOOK The Visit to the Swinekeeper
237
THE FIFTEENTH BOOK Advice to Telemachus
251
THE TWENTYFOURTH BOOK The End of the Adventure
359
Envoi
371
Translators Note
373
Appendix A The Gods
377
Appendix B The Action of The Odyssey
381
Appendix C Greek Texts and English Translations
383
Notes
387
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About the author (2001)

Randy Lee Eickhoff holds several graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Classics. He lives in El Paso, Texas where he works on novels, plays, poetry and translations in several languages. His translation of Ireland's national epic, the Ulster Cycle, is now a text used in schools in the United States and overseas. His novel And Not to Yield, based on the life of Wild Bill Hickok, was selected as the Best Novel of 2004 by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage. His nonfiction work on the Tigua Indians, Exiled, won the Southwest Book Award. He is also the author of Return to Ithaca, Then Came Christmas and The Quick and the Dead. He has been inducted into the Paso Del Norte Writers Hall of Fame, the local chapter of the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters. Eickhoff served with distinction in the early phases of the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. He spends his time in El Paso, Ireland, and Italy, lecturing on Dante and The Ulster Cycle.

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