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And background information for the general reader and scholar alike intensifying the strength of Fagles' translationThis is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the public at large and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students Robert Fagles winner of the PENRalph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters presents us with Homer's best loved and most accessible poem in a stunning new modern verse translatio. The Odyssey Homer The Odyssey begins after the end of the ten year Trojan War the subject of the Iliad and Odysseus has still not returned home from the war because he angered the god Poseidon Odysseus son Telemachus is about 20 years old and is sharing his absent father s house on the island of Ithaca with his mother Penelope and a crowd of 108 boisterous young men the Suitors whose aim is to persuade Penelope to marry one of them all the while reveling in Odysseus palace and eating up his wealth The Odyssey Characters Odysseus Penelope Helen of Troy Achilles Agamemnon Telemachus Minerva Polyphemus 1973 1337 1344 1349 576 1359

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S with divine and natural forces during his ten year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance In the myths and legends that are retold here 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 masteryRenowned classicist Bernard Knox's superb Introduction and textual commentary provide new insights. I m not normally a praying man but if you re up there please save me Superman Homer SimpsonFollowing James Joyce s lead I used Homer s heroic story as inspiration and research for a novel in progressBut how can I a mere mortal do justice to the most famous epic poem ever written An encounter with a work of this magnitude should be shared rather than reviewedHomer is the great great great recurring grand daddy of modern literature and this colossus is as immortal as the gods within it And what a tale this must have been way back in the 8th century BC Then it was sung rather than read and I guess the first to bear witness must have been jigging about in their togas with unbridled excitementAlas I didn t read it in ancient Greek as Homer had intended My copy was transcribed to a Kindle rather than papyri and translated by none other than the genius that was Alexander Pope yep I went old school on thisOdysseus he of the title otherwise known in Latin as Ul

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Sing to me of the man Muse the man of twists and turnsdriven time and again off course once he had plunderedthe hallowed heights of TroySo begins Robert Fagles' magnificent translation of the Odyssey which Jasper Griffin in The New York Times Review of Books hails as a distinguished achievementIf the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic then the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounter. 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 wrecked and we might have smoked something in the bathroom I m not totally clear on that part and then this gigantic one eyed bouncer kicked us out so we somehow ended up at a strip club The guys were total pigs but not me seriously that s not glitter on my neck And then we totally drove right by these hookers without even stopping and here I am Only a little bit late By the way I crashed the car and six of the guys are in jail Ask for Officer ScyllaEhHomer s right Odysseus version is betterPS Do not try this story at home unless when you get there you re still capable of shooting your arrow into a narrow apertureFagles translation is excellent the new standard and Bernard Knox s enormous introduction is the best Homeric essay I ve ever readA good companion read is Hal Roth s We


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  1. says:

    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 wrecked and we might have smoked something in the bathroom I'm not totally clear on that part and then this gigantic one eyed bouncer kicked us out so we somehow ended up at a strip club The guys were total pigs but not me s

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    uite possibly one of my favourite booksIt was this novel that ignited my love for Greek and Roman mythology and antiuity leading me to choose a degree in Classical CivilisationsI always look back on The Odyssey with fondness I love all the monsters he faces and the gods who involve themselves with Odysseus' trials as he makes his way home af

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    So my first “non school related experience with Homer’s classic tale and my most powerful impression beyond the overall splendor of the story wasHOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent bunch Case in point they hauled him out through the doorway into the court lopped his nose and ears with a ruthless knife tore his genitals out for the dogs to eat rawand in manic fury hacked off hands and feet then once they’d

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    I have read The Odyssey three times The first was not really a read but of a listen in the true oral tradition During embroidery class one of us young girls on the verge of entering the teens would read a passage while the rest were all busy with our eyes and fingers our needles and threads All learning to be future Pen

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    Ever since I first read Homer’s epic describing the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days three of those adventures fired my imagination The Lotus Eaters The Cyclops and the Sirens most especially the Sirens I just did revisit these sections of this Greek epic and my imagination was set aflame yet again How much you ask? Here is my microfiction as a tribute to the great poetTHE SIRENS This happened back in those days when I was a

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    I’m not normally a praying man but if you’re up there please save me Superman —Homer SimpsonFollowing James Joyce’s lead I used Homer’s heroic story as inspiration and research for a novel in progressBut how can I a mere mortal do justice to the most famous epic poem ever written? An encounter with a work of this magnitude should be shared rather than reviewedHomer is the great great great recurrin

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    Οδύσσεια The Odyssey Homer The Odyssey begins after the end of the ten year Trojan War the subject of the Iliad and Odysseus has still not returned home from the war because he angered the god Poseidon Odysseus' son Telemachus is about 20 years old and is sharing his absent father's house on the island of Ithaca with his mother Penelo

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    The first line in Emily Wilson’s new translation of the Odyssey the first by a woman scholar is “Tell me about a complicated man” In an article by Wyatt Mason in the NYT late last year Wilson tells us “I could’ve said ‘Tell me about a straying husband’ And that’s a viable translation That’s one of the things the original language saysBut I want to be super responsible about my relationship to the Gree

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    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 literature I'm always a little anxious when I tackle such important and renowned books for being afraid of not comprehending or loving them War and

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    I first read Homer in the 19th century French translation by Leconte de Lisle — the euivalent say of the 18th century translation into English by Alexander Pope a pompous archaic and exhausting bore of a book I kept my chin up and after a while tried another inflated Frenchman the 1955 translation by the curly moustached Victor Bérard in the prestigious Pléiade edition with an odd arrangement of chapters A

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