The odyssey

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Duckworth, 2000 - Poetry - 290 pages
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The Odyssey is one of the earliest works of European literature, second only to The Iliad. These two great epic poems, the astonishing first fruits of Greek civilization, have together determined much of the course of Western literary culture and imagination. The Odyssey tells of the long and painful return of Odysseus from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaka, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachos. Even after he finally returns, there are enemies to be fought in his house. The action of the poem covers a huge canvas, ranging widely over time and place, exploring the known and unknown worlds, involving magic and monsters, gods and ghosts, dangers defied: throughout there runs a strong and eloquent insistence on the humanity of men and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. In this vibrant new translation, in a very readable prose format, Martin Hammond complements his acclaimed translation of The Iliad to capture as closely as possible both the simplicity and the intensity of Homer "s epic. With an introduction by Professor Jasper Griffin and a comprehensive index, it sets a new and lasting standard in the interpretation of a masterpiece of Greek literature for both the student and the general reader.

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User Review  - Colby_Glass - LibraryThing

Basis, along with Iliad, for Greek religion. I have always preferred the Odyssey to the Iliad. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

In my journey of attempting to read this book, I went through 3 different translations before this one was recommended to me. I'm so glad it was, or I may never have finished. This is the best of the ... Read full review


The Gods Athene and Telemachos
Telemachos and the Suitors
Telemachos in Pylos

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Amongst his previous publications are: Homer (Past Masters, OUP, 1980), Homer on Life and Death (OUP, 1980), Virgil (past Masters, OUP, 1986), co-editor with Murray and Boardman of The Oxford History of the Classical World (OUP, 1986), Homer: The Odyssey (CUP, 1987).

Martin Hammond was Head of Classics at Eton College and then Master in College. He 1984 he became Headmaster of the City of London School, and since 1990 has been Headmaster of Tonbridge School.

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