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The Iliad and The Odyssey Boxed Set : Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition - Homer

The Iliad and The Odyssey Boxed Set

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

By: Homer, Robert Fagles (Translator), Bernard Knox (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780147712554
Number Of Pages: 2
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Gripping listeners and readers for more than 2,700 years, The Iliad is the story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles. Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. If The Iliad is the world's greatest war story, then The Odyssey is literature's greatest evocation of every man's journey through life. Here again, Fagles has performed the translator's task magnificently, giving us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Each volume contains a superb introduction with textual and critical commentary by renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

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Ancient Greek poet Homer established the gold standard for heroic quests and sweeping journeys with his pair of classic epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey.


Voted by our Greek Classic class best version of Odyssey.


Voted best translation out of all versions in my Greek Classics class. This verse version is more dramatic and beautiful than the prose versions, or the more modern translations - and still very readable once you take the plunge and start reading it. I haven't got to The Iliad yet.



Some of oldest tales ever told


The introduction by Bernard Knox is alone worth the read as he explores these two stories and discusses the author Homer himself, as well as the historical context form which the story The Iliad and The Odyssey was inspired. It's possible to know the names of these heroes (Hector, Achilles, Odysseus) without ever having actually read the original stories before due to their wide cultural legacy. The battles are brutal, gruesomely described in visceral language, the arguments between gods boom out in the heavens and the feasts are written in lavish detail. Having finally read these two books, I can say this is a fantastic translation of the two epic tales but it's not easy reading. However it's well worth the journey.

Perth, Australia


The Iliad and The Odyssey Boxed Set

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ISBN: 9780147712554
ISBN-10: 0147712556
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 2
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 8.89
Weight (kg): 1.47
Edition Number: 1

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