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The Odyssey
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The Odyssey

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Literature's grandest evocation of life's journey, at once an ageless human story and an individual test of moral endurance, Homer's ancient Greek epic The Odyssey is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction and notes by Bernard Knox in Penguin Classics.

When Robert Fagles' translation of The Iliad was published in 1990, critics and scholars alike hailed it as a masterpiece. Here, one of the great modern translators presents us with The Odyssey, Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the 'man of twists and turns' meets the challenges of the sea-god Poseidon, and monsters ranging from the many-headed Scylla to the cannibalistic Cyclops Polyphemus - only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife Penelope's suitors. In the myths and legends retold in this immortal poem, Fagles has captured the energy of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom.

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 Robert Fagles' translation of The Iliad, also available in Penguin Classics.

'Wonderfully readable ... Just the right blend of roughness and sophistication'
Ted Hughes

'A memorable achievement ... Mr Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet timeless'
Richard Jenkyns, The New York Times Book Review

'His translation of The Odyssey is his best work yet'
Garry Wills, New Yorker

Title:The Odyssey
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0143039954
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:541 pages
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    The Odyssey Reviews

  • Stephen
    Aug 25, 2008

    So my first “non-school related" experience with Homer’s classic tale, and my most powerful impression, beyond the overall splendor of the story, was...HOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent...

  • Alex
    Jan 12, 2010

    "Okay, so here's what happened. I went out after work with the guys, we went to a perfectly nice bar, this chick was hitting on me but I totally brushed her off. Anyway we ended up getting pretty wrec...

  • Kalliope
    Apr 16, 2010

    I have read The Odyssey three times. The first was not really a read but more of a listen in the true oral tradition. During embroidery class one of us, young girls on the verge of entering the teens,...

  • Renato Magalhes Rocha
    Apr 29, 2014

    It's impossible not to smile when you start reading such a classic and, after only the first few pages, you realize and completely understand why it's regarded as one of the most important works in li...

  • Ana
    Mar 01, 2017

    Oh Odysseus, how I love thee.. But, bro, you need to get a grip. ...

  • Glenn Russell
    Nov 27, 2015

    Ever since I first read Homer’s Odyssey and the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days, three of his adventures have fired my imagination: The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops and the Sirens, most e...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Sep 23, 2011

    I started this as I was told it is essential reading if I ever want to give a shot at reading Ulysses. I was a bit apprehensive and spent a long time deciding on which translation to choose. Finally i...

  • Roy Lotz
    May 30, 2013

    To this day, the most interesting research project that I’ve ever done was the very first. It was on the Homeric Question.I was a sophomore in college—a student with (unfortunate) literary ambitio...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 28, 2008

    Οδύσσεια = The Odyssey, Homer The Odyssey Characters: Odysseus, Penelope, Helen of Troy, Achilles, Agamemnon, Telemachus, Minerva, Polyphemusعنوانها: ادیسه؛ اودیسه؛ اثر:...

  • James
    Aug 07, 2016

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to The Odyssey, published around 800 BC and written by Homer. I was tasked with reading this epic work as part of an Advanced Placement English course in between my jun...