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
Great story, but sooo hard to read. - Goodreads
The finest introduction to the Odyssey. - Goodreads
You can't get five stars with an ending this bad. - Goodreads
Incredible love story. - Goodreads
Had a great plot and outstanding themes. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Katherine - Goodreads

I had to read this back in high school, and didn't think much of it then. Reread it now that I'm older to see if I'd still feel the same. Verdict is... still don't like it. Lots of stuff happens, so the plot is ever-moving, but I just couldn't really get into it. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Hawkins - Goodreads

Reading an epic poem that is around 2700-2800 years old could understandably be difficult and laborious, confusing or frustrating, yet Robert Fagles' translation of Homer's Odyssey (along with his ... Read full review

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Contents

Gods in council Telemachus and Athene I
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n Telemachus defies the suitors
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Telemachus Athene Nestor
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Copyright

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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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