The Odyssey

The Odyssey 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

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 masLiterature 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 Wonderfull

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The Odyssey

  1. Homer Robert Fagles Bernard Knox E.V. Rieu Frédéric Mugler says:
    In the Western classical tradition, Homer Greek is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.When he lived is unknown Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BCE, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BCE Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BCE.The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece Homer s works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds.

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  1. 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 ey 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 washed their own hands and feet they went inside again to join odysseuseir work [...]

  2. 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 thes [...]

  3. 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 Penelopes crafty with their crafts, cultivated, patient and loyal And all wives.The second read was already as an adult That time I let myself be led by the adventures and imagin [...]

  4. 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 poet THE SIRENS This happened back in those days when I was a member of an experimental performing arts troupe down [...]

  5. 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 Peace and Don Quixote, for example as they seem to deserve Not that I m obligated to like them, but I always feel such buzz comes for a reason and I try t [...]

  6. I m not normally a praying man, but if you re up there, please save me, Superman Homer Simpson Following James Joyce s lead, I used Homer s heroic story as inspiration and research for a novel in progress.But how can I, a mere mortal, do justice to the most famous epic poem ever written Homer 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 [...]

  7. 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 it was Stephen s review that convinced me to go for the Robert Fagles version I have no way of judging how good a decision that was.This translation, by Robert Fagles, is of the Greek text edited by David Monro and Thomas Allen, first published in 1908 by the Oxford University Press This two volume edi [...]

  8. Book Review4 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 junior and senior years of high school I loved literature back then as much as I do now, and my reading habits probably grew from everything my teachers encouraged us to read during the summer hiatus and mid year breaks We sampled literature from all over the world, and this Greek tome was one of the many w [...]

  9. Quite possibly one of my favourite books It was this novel that ignited my love for Greek and Roman mythology and antiquity leading me to choose a degree in Classical Civilisations.I 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 after the Trojan War.LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  10. 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 sopho in college a student with unfortunate literary ambitions who had just decided to major in anthropology By this point, I had at least tacitly decided that I wanted to be a professor In my future lay the vast and unexplored ocean of academia What was the safest vessel to travel into that forbidden wine dark sea Research.I signed up for a reading project with an ant [...]

  11. See article in The New York Times Magazine Section, nytimes 2017 11 02 maThe Paris Review has excerpts theparisreview poetry

  12. The Odyssey, Homer The Odyssey Characters Odysseus, Penelope, Helen of Troy, Achilles, Agamemnon, Telemachus, Minerva, Polyphemus 1337 1344 1349 576 1359

  13. 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 says But I want to be super responsible about my relationship to the Greek text I want to be saying, after multiple different revisions This is the best I can get toward [...]

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  15. Volver, con la frente marchita, las nieves del tiempo platearon mi sien Sentir, que es un soplo la vida, que veinte a os no es nada, que febril la mirada, errante en las sombras, te busca y te nombra Vivir, con el alma aferrada, a un dulce recuerdo que lloro otra vez Concuerdo totalmente con el periodista y traductor Joan Casas, cuando en el pr logo de esta edici n nos dice que si se hubieran reunido temas y canciones para una banda de sonido de este libro, hubiera sido su tema principal Volver [...]

  16. Where do you start with a book such as this An epic tale that has been around for almost three thousand years I have no idea What I do know is that I read it and loved it I had little foreknowledge of the story and I haven t looked into the meanings or history too deeply Instead I ve tried to appreciate the story on it s own merits, getting swept away like Odysseus on the sea There were quiet contemplative events and dramatic battles, personal struggles and wider societal issues Gods and heroes, [...]

  17. My parents split when I was very young The arrangement they made between them was that my brother and I would spend the weekends with our father, but would live, during the week, with my mother One winter, when I was ten years old, it started to snow heavily and gave no indication of stopping any time soon It was a Sunday morning and my brother and I were due to leave dad s and return to what, for us, was home The snow, however, had other ideas.To go home we had to catch two buses The first was [...]

  18. Odysseus is the ultimate anti hero, and that s probably why as much as he annoys me at times with his antics I ll always prefer him to Achilles Sure, one can t deny how unreliable and prejudiced he is as a narrator just look at how he twists the reality when describing the Cyclops life and culture but that s precisely in addition to the engaging structure what makes The Odyssey so readable and less old felt than The Iliad Well assuming you re reading a translation in verses, of course but why wo [...]

  19. I first read extracts of the Odyssey in junior high and high school and some years later purchased the highly acclaimed Fitzgerald translation It is a masterpiece that brings out the strengths of this iconic story of the voyage of Ulysses from the fall of Troy back to his native Ithaca and his beloved and besieged Penelope The story is highly readable and full of adventure and misadventure, monsters and heroes and ultimately a triumphant voyage home Yes, it is very masculine in perspective so I [...]

  20. I shelved this as classic newly read only because I don t think I ever read a full version in verse Parts in prose And B movies starring either Kirk Douglas or Anthony Quinn or Charlton Heston as the toga clad avenger.Like butter, this translation of Fagles Loved how smooth it read And the repeating tropes modifying various nouns sparkling eyed Athena, bright eyed goddess, Dawn with her rose red fingers, wine dark sea, Odysseus, master of craft, etc.What threw me was how fast the trip home chapt [...]

  21. It s funny how many people feel intimidated by this book Sure, it s thousands of years old, and certainly Greek culture has some peculiarities, but the book is remarkably, sometimes surprisingly modern, and most translations show the straightforward simplicity of the story.Perhaps like The Seventh Seal, The Odyssey has gotten a reputation for being difficult because it has been embraced by intellectuals and worse, wanna be intellectuals But like Bergman s classic film, The Odyssey is focused on [...]

  22. So Pallas spake, and breathed into his frame Strength irresistible Why so powerful a narrative is it the mythological world this t te a t te way of living between gods and men e voyages the longing for Home

  23. The Odyssey is, well, the Odyssey Beyond being a tremendously exciting read, it is a foundational work in Western literature It is a glorious story of love and war, gods and humans, adventure in and around the Mediterranean and, some argue, out to the West Indies On the surface simply the story of Odysseus s adventures after the fall of Troy, it is a rich tapestry of places, characters, and creatures which have entered into the basic language of Western literature For academic study of the Odyss [...]

  24. Originally rated 4.5 stars, but after rereading it multiple times and also having the chance to study it at university and still being endlessly fascinated by the story rather than growing bored by it, I m bumping it up to the full 5 stars

  25. Like a bolt of lightning striking a tree, The Iliad of Homer set my cranium alight when its sheer incantatory power first washed over me It s an astonishing work, brutal and violent, while at the same time deeply affecting, brimming with incisive insights into human nature Odysseus and crew, having taken precautions to not be lured by the Sirens song, sail past them Homer s subsequent epic poem I was less enraptured by because of its lack of focus, even though it is unquestionable that it repres [...]

  26. The translation is important, but don t forget that translation is the art of failure.Much that arises out of the Greek imagination is hostile the Cyclops, Circe and her ability to reveal your inner pig, the Sirens Even the gods can t be relied upon, but play favourites, your own gods are dangerous and worse fickle view spoiler save for Athene of course hide spoiler By contrast the real life Phoenicians are friendly and inhabit a similar cultural universe to the Greeks they play the same sports, [...]

  27. It is generally understood that a modern day book may honorably be based upon an older one, especially since, as Dr Johnson observed, no man likes owing anything to his contemporaries The repeated but irrelevant points of congruence between Joyce s Ulysses and Homer s Odyssey continue to attract though I shall never understand why the dazzled admiration of critics, The Approach to Al Mu tasim by Jorge Luis Borges The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be and that which is done is that [...]

  28. Oh no, I didn t Did I just give Homer s Odyssey 3 stars Well, 3.5 really What gall Who the hell do I think I am Believe me, I am as shocked as you are I thought I would end up liking this much than its twin The Iliad, but the opposite turned out to be the case Don t get me wrong, Homer s a great writer he s got a real future in the industry I kid, I kid But seriously, while the Odyssey certainly contains down to earth concerns than the vast epic of blood, guts and glory that was the Iliad, I j [...]

  29. I really liked this Fagles translation Not my all time 1 classics translation Robert Pinsky s The Inferno of Dante Bilingual Edition still rules, and probably will till Hell doth freeze over , but this has to be a contender for second.

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