The Odyssey

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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
About the Translator
Homeric Timeline
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
Pronouncing Glossary/Index

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