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The Odyssey

The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BC. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and 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 Ithaca after ten years of war; during his 20-year absence, his son Telemachus and his wife Penelope must deal with a group of unruly suitors who have moved into Odysseus’ home to compete for Penelope’s hand in marriage, since most have assumed that Odysseus has died.
The poem is a fundamental text in the Western canon and continues to be read in both Homeric Greek and translations around the world.

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The Odyssey

rendered into English prose for the use of those who cannot read the original

By Samuel Butler

Preface to First Edition

This translation is intended to supplement a work entitled "The Authoress of the Odyssey", which I published in 1897. I could not give the whole "Odyssey" in that book without making it unwieldy, I therefore epitomised my translation, which was already completed and which I now publish in full.

I shall not here argue the two main points dealt with in the work just mentioned; I have nothing either to add to, or to withdraw from, what I have there written. The points in question are:

(1) that the "Odyssey" was written entirely at, and drawn entirely from, the place now called Trapani on the West Coast of Sicily, alike as regards the Phaeacian and the Ithaca scenes; while the voyages of Ulysses, when once he is within easy reach of Sicily, solve themselves into a periplus of the island, practically from Trapani back to Trapani, via the Lipari islands, the Straits of Messina, and the island of Pantellaria;

(2) That the poem was entirely written by a very young woman, who lived at the place now called Trapani, and introduced herself into her work under the name of Nausicaa... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 7 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 13, 2014
Subject: Odyssey
This is such a good book but no mater how many times I listen to this I still can't remember how it goes.
Reviewer: - January 21, 2014
Subject: Odyssey
The Odyssey is so boring--just thinking about it makes me go to sleep.
August 20, 2013
Subject: Narriator
Book 5 is read by a horible voice, i almost could not finnish. I wish the same reader would have stayed.
Reviewer: - May 6, 2013
Subject: Book
This book is terrible if you are taught to it by a horrible teacher. Like mine. But when I found different translations and interpretations I enjoyed it a lot more. So don't get a bad teacher like me.
April 17, 2013
Subject: Awesome!
I think this is such a great book! I so need to get it! You really should do it with the Greek names, I think it's best.
March 10, 2013
I agree. They need to add a version with Greek names! Not to put down the reader
January 4, 2013
Subject: Books
Awesome but get Greek names.

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