The Odyssey

Front Cover
Penguin, 1997 - Poetry - 541 pages
2363 Reviews
If the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, then the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces, during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War, is at once the timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance. In the myths and legends that are retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savour, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox's superb Introduction and textual commentary provide new insights and background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles' introduction. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the public at large, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
811
4 stars
705
3 stars
556
2 stars
193
1 star
98

Review: The Odyssey

User Review  - Golnaz Taherian - Goodreads

Read this book twice and still cant get over it. It's is one of those books you want to read over and over. Read full review

Review: The Odyssey

User Review  - Rima I - Goodreads

There were a lot of parts that I liked and a lot of parts that I didn't like. It was very hard to get into the book initially....and the difficult names didn't help! However as I kept reading I found ... Read full review

All 33 reviews »

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Introduction
3
The Spelling and Pronunciation of Homeric Names
65
Mainland Greece
68
Homeric Geography The Peloponnese
70
Homeric Geography The Aegean and Asia Minor Inset Troy and Vicinity
72
The Odyssey
75
Athena Inspires the Prince
77
The Loyal Swineherd
301
The Prince Sets Sail for Home
319
Father and Son
338
Stranger at the Gates
354
The BeggarKing of Ithaca
375
Penelope and Her Guest
390
Portents Gather
410
Odysseus Strings His Bow
424

Telemachus Sets Sail
93
King Nestor Remembers
107
The King and Queen of Sparta
124
OdysseusNymph and Shipwreck
152
The Princess and the Stranger
168
Phaeacias Halls and Gardens
179
A Day for Songs and Contests
191
In the OneEyed Giants Cave
211
The Bewitching Queen of Aeaea
230
The Kingdom of the Dead
249
The Cattle of the Sun
271
Ithaca at Last
286
Slaughter in the HaU
439
The Great Rooted Bed
455
Peace
468
NOTES
487
Translators Postscript
489
Genealogies
497
Textual Variants from the Oxford Classical Text
501
Notes on the Translation
503
Suggestions for Further Reading
517
Pronouncing Glossary
521
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1997)

Robert Fagles, the winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Yale University.

Bernard Knox is Director Emeritus of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic information