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August 12 , 2009

The Odyssey of Homer


Homer's epic chronicle of the Greek hero Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War has inspiredwriters from Virgil to James Joyce. Odysseussurvives storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclopsand the isle of Circe, the lure of the Sirens' songand a trip to the Underworld, only to find hismost difficult challenge at home, where treacheroussuitors seek to steal his kingdom and his loyalwife, Penelope. Favorite of the gods, Odysseusembodies the energy, intellect, and resourcefulnessthat were of highest value to the ancients and thatremain ideals in out time.
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The Odyssey

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BC. The poem concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to return to his native land of…

In thisnew verse translation, AllenMandelbaum – celebrated poet and translator of Virgil'sAeneid and Dante's Divine Comedy – realizes the power and beauty of the originalGreek verse and demonstrates why the epic tale ofThe Odyssey has captured the humanimagination for nearly three thousandyears.

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