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Odyssey

Odyssey( )
Author: Homer,
Murray, A. T.
Dimock, George E.
Revised by: Dimock, George E.
Series title:The Loeb Classical Library
ISBN:978-0-674-99561-1
Publication Date:Dec 1995
Publisher:Harvard University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $87.00
Book Description:

The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer (eighth century BCE) are the two oldest European epic poems. The latter tells of Odysseus's journey home from the Trojan War and the temptations, delays, and dangers he faced at every turn.

Book Details
Pages:496
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / Epic
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):11.3 x 17 x 2.792 cm
Book Weight:0.35 Kilograms
Author Biography
Homer (Author)
Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable.

The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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