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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

An 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 - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon - Odyss... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140449112
Barcode 9780140449112
Published 6 March 2003 by Penguin
Format Paperback, Revised edition
Language English (translated from: Greek, Ancient (to 1453))
Author(s) By Homer
By Homer, Homer
By McCaughrean, Geraldine
Series Penguin Classics
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ISBN-13 9780140449112
ISBN-10 0140449116
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Date 6 March 2003
International Publication Date 30 January 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Revised edition
Edition Revised edition
Language English
Translated from Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Author(s) By Homer
By Homer, Homer
By McCaughrean, Geraldine
Series Penguin Classics
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Other Prose: Classical, Early & Medieval
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 303g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Odysseus (Greek mythology), Poetry, Epic poetry, Greek
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 883.01
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god poseidon - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him. For this edition, E.V. Rieu's original translation has been revised by his son, D.C.H. Rieu, and Peter Jones.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review [Robert Fitzgerald's translation is] a masterpiece . . . An Odyssey worthy of the original. - The Nation [Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad ] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase. - The Yale Review [In] Robert Fitzgerald's translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world. -from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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