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The Odyssey - Homer PDF Free Ebook Download

The Odyssey - Homer PDF Free Ebook Download 

The odyssey | Homer | PDF
The Odyssey | Homer | PDF

About the Book

The Odyssey has a lost sequel, the Telegony, which was not written by Homer. It was usually attributed in antiquity to Cinaethon of Sparta, but in one source was said to have been stolen from Musaeus by Eugamon or Eugammon of Cyrene 

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.

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Summary of the Book 

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert 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 savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.

The Odyssey - Homer PDF Free Ebook Download


Classics,  Poetry,  Fantasy > Mythology,  Literature,  Academic > Fantasy,  Adventure,  Academic > Read For School,  Epic,  Classics > Classic Literature
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Achaeans Achilles Aegisthus Agamemnon Alcinous alive Amphinomus Antinous Apollo Argos arms Athena bard beggar beside bronze Circe comrades crew Cyclops dark daughter Dawn dead dear death deathless deep earth Eumaeus Eurycleia Eurylochus Eurymachus eyes fate father feast fighting gifts give goddess gods Greek grief guest halls hands head heart Helen Hermes hero Homer husband Icarius Iliad immortal inside island Ithaca killed King Odysseus Laertes land lives look lord lovely man’s master Menelaus mortal mother Neleus Nestor never night note ref nymph oars Odysseus once pain palace Penelope Phaeacians Pisistratus poem Poseidon prince Pylos queen reached replied Robert Fagles round royal sail ship shipmates slaughter sleep song spear spirit story stranger suitors swineherd tears Telemachus tell Theoclymenus there’s Thesprotia told Trojans Troy wife wind wine women words young Zeus Zeus’s
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Books Reviews 

#1. I teach both the Iliad and the Odyssey at the high-school level, and I use the Lattimore translations for both. No one preserves the stately dactylic hexameter verse as he does. Lattimore also preserves the (yes, formulaic) xenia scenes and epithets.
Now let me say why I prefer this translation to all others. It's just mind-bendingly beautiful. Homer should NOT be trivialized or "vernacularized" - the reader should be able to immerse himself in the culture, to hear the voice of the singer, and to know the workings of the mind of "the man of many ways." This translation allows that.
I read another review concerning the reader's discovery that Odysseus was a horrible rapist and war-monger. Well, such were the times - he was a soldier returning from 10 years of rape, pillage, and plunder of the Trojans and their allies. Hence, the seemingly-random attack on the Kikonians. But it wasn't random - they were Trojan allies and fair game. Odysseus doesn't always behave well, according to our standards, but he is the perfect product of a superlative storyteller.
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#2. I know, as crazy as it sounds I didn't hate The Odyssey, in fact, at parts, I actually sorta/kinda liked it. I know, crazy. But whatever. Most people know what The Odyssey is about, and if they don't, they will. So, I am not going to waste time explaining it. 
For those who have read it, here are my opinions:Hate Penelope. Period. She is so whiny, and I am probably about to be shunned by the millions of Twilight fans, but she reminds me A LOT of Bella (cringe as fruit flies toward an unsuspecting me. Wow, those Twilighters sure have good aim...) She was always going up to her room crying about how sad her situation was "Poor me, my husband isn't here", or "Why won't these suitors leave me alone, haven't I been through enough." Seriously lady, cry me a river.Also, why is the word "teeming" on almost every other page? "And Odysseus' great mind teeming...", really, what is up with that?How come everyone knows everyone elses life story? Was there no privacy? Was nothing sacred?I think Telemachus was hot. 
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About the Author 

Two great epics of ancient Greek literature, the Iliad, a classic war story, and the Odyssey, the tale of everyman’s journey through life, were believed to have been written by a single poet whom the Greeks named Homer. Nothing is known of his life. While seven Greek cities claim the honor of being his birthplace, ancient tradition places him in Ionia, located in the eastern Aegean. His birthdate is undocumented as well, though most scholars now place the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey in the late eighth or early seventh century BC.
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Robert Fagles is Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the recipient of the 1997 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His previous translations include Sophocles’s Three Theban Plays, Aeschylus’s Oresteia (nominated for a National Book Award), Homer’s Iliad (winner of the 1991 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by The Academy of American Poets) and Homer’s Odyssey.
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Other Books by same Author 

  • The Iliad   
  • Odissea
  • The Essential Iliad 
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