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Penelope has been waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from Troy for many years. Little does she know that his path back to her has been blocked by astonishing and terrifying trials. Will he overcome the hideous monsters, beautiful witches and treacherous seas that confront him? And what new tests await him if he ever finally reaches his home shore?
About the Author
Homer, name traditionally assigned to the author of the ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have written both the ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, suggests that the poems were composed in the Greek settlements on the west coast of Asia Minor sometime in the 8th century BC.
"Homer's Odyssey is still enchanting readers after thousands of years" Guardian "Surely the best and truest Odyssey in the English language" Herald Tribune "Fitzgerald is taking his place beside Chapman and Pope in the unbroken lineage of English Homeric translations...it has the economy and soar of a poet" George Steiner "A strong salty flavour of its own. And it makes you see things" C.S. Lewis "The Homeric poems are interesting...because of the way in which they present human shocks and surprises... It is the surprising twist that war brings to the domestic...which makes Homer repeatedly shocking" London Review of Books
Series: New Vintage Classics Ser.
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: October 2007
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.34