The Odyssey of Homer: A New Verse Translation

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University of California Press, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 526 pages
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A highly regarded translator of Virgil and Dante bends his efforts to Homer's masterful work, offering a new verse translation that is at once precise and vigorous

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The Odyssey of Homer: a new verse translation

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While Mandelbaum and the University of California Press are to be commended for attempting this new translation of The Odyssey , those of Robert Fitzgerald (Doubleday, 1963) and Richard Lattimore ... Read full review

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Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

Anthony Oldcorn, Professor and Chair of Italian Studies at Brown University, and Charles Ross, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University, have joined with National Book Award winner Allen Mandelbaum, who is W.R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University and Professor of the History of Literary Criticism at the University of Turin, as General Editors of the California Lectura Dantis.

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