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The Odyssey

Homer (Book - 2006 )
The Odyssey
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Authors: Homer
Title: The Odyssey
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
Characteristics: 541 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Homer ; translated by Robert Fagles ; introduction and notes by Bernard Knox
Notes: Originally published: 1997
Additional Contributors: Fagles, Robert
ISBN: 9780143039952
0143039954
Branch Call Number: 883.01 H766op 2006
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 517-520)
Subject Headings: Odysseus (Greek mythology) Poetry Epic poetry, Greek
Topical Term: Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Epic poetry, Greek
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10 years after the end of the Trojan war, Odysseus is adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure. Eventually Odysseus returns home and plots the deaths of the violent suitors who are after his wife. (ca. 800 B.C.)

10 years after the end of the Trojan war, Odysseus is adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure. Eventually Odysseus returns home and plots the deaths of the violent suitors who are after his wife. (ca. 800 B.C.)

Comment by: multcolib_hillsdale Nov 16, 2012

"The Odyssey is the tale of what happens to a great hero, Odysseus, after the apocalypse of Troy. The poem opens 10 years after the end of the war, when Odysseus is still trying to find his way home to Ithaca. The story shifts back and forth between Odysseus being cast adrift at sea, facing ... Read More »


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"The Odyssey is the tale of what happens to a great hero, Odysseus, after the apocalypse of Troy. The poem opens 10 years after the end of the war, when Odysseus is still trying to find his way home to Ithaca. The story shifts back and forth between Odysseus being cast adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure, and the efforts of his wife Penelope and son Telemachus to ward off violent suitors and keep their home together until Odysseus' return. Eventually Odysseus returns home in the guise of a beggar, and plots the deaths of the suitors who are destroying his house. The poem portrays a world very different from that of The Iliad, and a hero, Odysseus, who is very different than Achilles. The Odyssey focuses more on issues of cunning intelligence, justice, endurance, home, and family. It is the perfect counterpart to The Iliad, both reflecting and criticizing the values portrayed in the other poem." Annotation by Professor Walter Englert.

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