Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: The Essential Books

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-10-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Renowned Homer scholar Barry B. Powell has already given the world powerful new translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Now his Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: The Essential Books brings together his translations of the most important books and passages from these two great poems in one handy

Accessible, poetic, and accurate, Barry Powell's translations are an excellent fit for today's students. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, Powell exposes students to all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, cunning, and humor that are Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Both the
translations and the introductions are informed by the best recent scholarship.


* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity

* Powell's introduction sets the poems in their philological, mythological, and historical contexts

* Features unique on-page notes, facilitating students' engagement with the poems

* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages

* Maps provide geographic context for the poems' many place names

* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of important passages are available on the book's Companion Website and indicated in the text margin by an icon

Author Biography

Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Oxford University Press published his translation of the Iliad in 2013 and his translation of the Odyssey in 2014.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
About the Translator
The Iliad: Selections
Book 1 all
Book 2 Lines 1-54; 210-500; 760-815
Book 3 all
Book 4 Lines 1-452
Book 5 Lines 1-9; 99-149; 172-470; 715-end
Book 6 Lines 1-4; 101-end
Book 7 omitted
Book 8 Lines 1-76; 354-end
Book 9 Lines 176-end
Book 10 omitted
Book 11 Lines 1-316; 623-710; 786-end
Book 12 Lines 1-35; 222-end
Book 13 Lines 1-64; 785-end
Book 14 Lines 150-345
Book 15 Lines 1-264; 570-end
Book 16 Lines 1-538; 624-end
Book 17 omitted
Book 18 Lines 1-223; 344-end
Book 19 Lines 1-71; 253-end
Book 20 Lines 1-76; 466-end
Book 21 Lines 1-140; 524-end
Book 22 all
Book 23 Lines 1-257
Book 24 Lines 455-end
The Odyssey: Selections
Book 1 all
Book 2 omitted
Book 3 omitted
Book 4 Lines 108-519
Book 5 all
Book 6 all
Book 7 omitted
Book 8 Lines 432-end
Book 9 all
Book 10 all
Book 11 all
Book 12 all
Book 13 Lines 1-124; 183-end
Book 14 omitted
Book 15 omitted
Book 16 Lines 1-306
Book 17 Lines 180-450
Book 18 Lines 1-107
Book 19 all
Book 20 omitted
Book 21 all
Book 22 all
Book 23 all
Book 24 all
Pronouncing Glossary/Index

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