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Odyssey by Homer
Book DescriptionHomer's "The Odyssey" is an epic that has endured for thousands of years, and this "Penguin Classics" edition is translated by E.V. Rieu, revised by D.C.H. Rieu, and contains an introduction by Peter Jones. The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan war forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - from the witch Circe who turns his men into pigs, to the twin terrors of Scylla and Charybdis; from the stupefied Lotus-Eaters to the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon himself - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to reach his homeland safely. But the danger is no less severe in his native Ithaca, as Odysseus finds himself contending with the suitors who, in his absence, have begun to surround his wife Penelope...E.V. Rieu's translation of "The Odyssey" was the first "Penguin Classic" to be published, and has itself achieved classic status. For this edition, Rieu's text has been sensitively revised and a new introduction added to complement his original introduction. Seven greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey are attributed. The "Iliad" is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived. If you enjoyed "The Odyssey", you might like Homer's "The Iliad", also available in "Penguin Classics". "One of the world's most vital tales..."The Odyssey" remains central to literature". (Malcolm Bradbury).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140449112
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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.
Iliad, Paperback (April 2016)
Dealing with western literature, this poem of great warriors trapped between their own heroic pride and the arbitrary, often vicious decisions of fate and the gods. It captures the Iliad in all its surging thunder for a new generation of readers.
Circe and the Cyclops, Paperback (February 2015)View all books by Homer
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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Author Biography - Homer
Homer is thought to have lived c.750-700 BC in Ionia and is believed to be the author of the earliest works of Western Literature: The Odyssey and The Iliad. E V Rieu was a celebrated translator from Latin and Greek, and editor of Penguin Classics from 1944-64. His son, D C H Rieu, has revised his work. Peter Jones is former lecturer in Classics at Newcastle. He co-founded the 'Friends of Classics' society and is the editor of their journal and a columnist for The Spectator.
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