Homer - The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer
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Homer - The Iliad and the Odyssey
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Homer - The Iliad and the Odyssey

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Translated by Samuel Butler See other recent books by Samuel Butler
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Homer - The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer

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The history of Homer and his works is lost in doubtful obscurity, as is the history of many of the first minds who have done honor to humanity because they rose amidst darkness. The majestic stream of his song, blessing and fertilizing, flows like a river through many lands and nations. The creations of genius always seem like miracles, because they are, for the most part, created far out of the reach of observation. If we were in possession of all the historical testimonies, we never could wholly explain the origin of the Iliad and the Odyssey. But it must be noted that Homer's great epic poems hold a singular place in literature. Within the knowledge of all of history that has been passed down to us, there is no known predecessor that could lay claim to be the progenitor or equal to these great works. It was Homer who formed the character of the Greek nation. No poet has ever, as a poet, exercised a similar influence over his countrymen. Prophets, lawgivers, and sages have formed the character of other nations; it was reserved to a poet to form that of the Greeks. When lawgivers and sages appeared in Greece, the work of the poet had already been accomplished; and they paid homage to his superior genius. He held up before his nation the mirror, in which they were to behold the world of gods and heroes no less than of feeble mortals, and to behold them reflected with purity and truth. His poems are founded on the first feeling of human nature; on the love of children, wife, and country; on that passion which outweighs all others, the love of glory. His songs were poured forth from a breast which sympathized with all the feelings of man; and therefore they enter, and will continue to enter, every breast which cherishes the same sympathies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780977340002
ISBN-10: 0977340007
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: El Paso Norte Press
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Iliad by Homer Iliad, Hardback (April 2017)

The Iliad tells the story of Greek warrior Achilles' great anger and the tragic death of Hector during the Trojan War, encapsulating the brutality of war. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers, and this new translation is elegant and accurate, respecting the original line numbers, and accompanied by authoritative editorial matter.

Odyssey by Homer Odyssey, Hardback (October 2016)

The Odyssey tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus' epic ten year journey home after the end of the Trojan War of the Iliad. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers.

Circe and the Cyclops by Homer Circe and the Cyclops, Paperback (February 2015)

Takes us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. This title features stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

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