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Sing to me of the resourceful man, O Muse, who wandered far after he had sacked the sacred city of Troy. He saw the cities of many men and he learned their minds. He suffered many pains on the sea in his spirit, seeking to save his life and the homecoming of his companions.
Odysseus--soldier, sailor, trickster, and everyman--is one of the most recognizable characters in world literature. His arduous, ten-year journey home after the Trojan War, the subject of Homer's Odyssey, is the most accessible tale to survive from ancient Greece, and its impact is still felt today across many different cultures.
This lively free verse translation, from one of today's leading Homeric scholars, preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original while conveying Odysseus' adventures in a modern style. By avoiding the technical formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, Barry B. Powell's translation deftly captures the most essential truths of this vital text. Due to his thorough familiarity with the world of Homer and Homeric language, Powell's introduction provides rich historical and literary perspectives on the poem. This volume also includes illustrations from classical artwork, detailed maps, explanatory notes, a timeline, and a glossary. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the original, this Odyssey is a superlative translation for twenty-first-century readers.
Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for thirty-four years.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Figures Preface Acknowledgments About the Translator Maps Homeric Timeline Introduction Book 1: Telemachos in Ithaca Book 2: Telemachos Calls an Assembly Book 3: Telemachos in Pylos Book 4: Telemachos in Sparta Book 5: Odysseus and Kalypso Book 6: Odysseus and Nausicaš Book 7: Odysseus in the Phaeacian Court Book 8: The Stranger in Town Book 9: Odysseus in the Cave of Cyclops Book 10: Odysseus and KirkÍ Book 11: Odysseus in the Underworld Book 12: Odysseus on the Island of the Sun Book 13: Home at Last Book 14: Odysseus in the Pig Herder's Hut Book 15: The Pig Herder's Tale Book 16: Father and Son Book 17: The Faithful Dog Argos Book 18: Presents from the Suitors Book 19: Odysseus' Scar Book 20: A Vision of Doom Book 21: The Contest of the Bow Book 22: The Slaughter of the Suitors Book 23: Husband and Wife Book 24: Father and Son Bibliography Credits Pronouncing Glossary/Index