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The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles

A Penguin Classic

 
Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents us with Homer's best-loved and most accessible poem in a stunning modern-verse translation. "Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy." So begins Robert Fagles' magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in the New York Times Book Review hails as "a distinguished achievement."

If the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of an everyman's journey through life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance. 

In the myths and legends  retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox's superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles's translation. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, to captivate a new generation of Homer's students. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

This carefully crafted ebook: “The Iliad and The Odyssey + Homer and His Age” contains 2 books in one volume and is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Iliad and the Odyssey are two epic poems written by Homer around the 9th century BC. They are two of the oldest recorded written works in history. The Iliad deals with a ten-year war between the Greeks and Trojans, called the Siege of Troy. It centers around Achilles, the great Greek hero who was dipped in the river Styx when he was young and whose only weak spot was his heel. He was killed when Apollo helped one of his enemies shoot an arrow into his heel. The Odyssey is about Odysseus´s voyage from the war back home to Ithaca, which took another 10 years. Homer (around the 9th century BC) is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang was written in 1906. Lang was highly regarded as a Homeric scholar and Homer and His Age is one of the works he contributed to this area of study. Table of contents: Preface; The Homeric Age; Hypotheses as to the Growth of the Epics; Hypotheses of Epic Composition; Loose Feudalism: The Over-Lord in “Iliad,” Books I. and II.; Agamemnon in the Later “Iliad”; Archaeology of the “Iliad”. Burial and Cremation; Homeric Armour; The Breastplate; Bronze and Iron; The Homeric House; Notes of Change in the “Odyssey”; Linguistic Proofs of Various Dates; The “Doloneia”; The Interpolations of Nestor; The Comparative Study of Early Epics; Homer and the French Mediaeval Epics; Conclusion. Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. While best known for his translations of classical literature and as a collector of folk and fairy tales, Lang also wrote poetry, biographies, histories, novels, literary criticisms and even children's books.
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - How Agamemnon and Achilles fell out at the siege of Troy; and Achilles withdrew himself from battle, and won from Zeus a pledge that his wrong should be avenged on Agamemnon and the Achaians. Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus' son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable, and hurled down into Hades many strong souls of heroes, and gave their bodies to be a prey to dogs and all winged fowls; and so the counsel of Zeus wrought out its accomplishment from the day when first strife parted Atreides king of men and noble Achilles. Who among the gods set the twain at strife and variance? Apollo, the son of Leto and of Zeus; for he in anger at the king sent a sore plague upon the host, so that the folk began to perish, because Atreides had done dishonour to Chryses the priest. For the priest had come to the Achaians' fleet ships to win his daughter's freedom, and brought a ransom beyond telling; and bare in his hands the fillet of Apollo the Far-darter upon a golden staff; and made his prayer unto all the Achaians, and most of all to the two sons of Atreus, orderers of the host; "Ye sons of Atreus and all ye well-greaved Achaians, now may the gods that dwell in the mansions of Olympus grant you to lay waste the city of Priam, and to fare happily homeward; only set ye my dear child free, and accept the ransom in reverence to the son of Zeus, far-darting Apollo."
This excellent prose translation of Homer's epic poem of the 9th century BC recounts one of Western civilization's most glorious tales, a treasury of Greek folklore and myth that maintains an ageless appeal for modern readers. A cornerstone of Western literature, The Odyssey narrates the path of a fascinatingly complex hero through a world of wonders and danger-filled adventure.
After ten bloody years of fighting in the Trojan War, the intrepid Odysseus heads homeward, little imagining that it will take another ten years of desperate struggle to reclaim his kingdom and family. The wily hero circumvents the wrath of the sea god Poseidon and triumphs over an incredible array of obstacles, assisted by his patron goddess Athene and his own prodigious guile. From a literal descent into Hell to interrogate a dead prophet to a sojourn in the earthly paradise of the Lotus-eaters, the gripping narrative traverses the mythological world of ancient Greece to introduce an unforgettable cast of characters: one-eyed giants known as Cyclopses, the enchantress Circe, cannibals, sirens, the twin perils of Scylla and Charybdis, and a fantastic assortment of other creatures.
Remarkably modern in its skillful use of flashbacks and parallel line of action, Homer's monumental work is now available in this inexpensive, high-quality edition sure to be prized by students, teachers, and all who love the great myths and legends of the ancient world.
A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Homer, the legendary author of ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’, was regarded by the ancient Greeks to be the first and greatest of the epic poets. His works have shaped the course of Western literature, influencing countless writers of the two millennia since they were first composed. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the treasures of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts.  This comprehensive eBook presents Homer’s complete extant works, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions, a special dual Greek and English section and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 3)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Homer's life and works
* Features the complete extant works of Homer, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introductions to the epic poems and other works
* Provides both verse and prose translations of ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’
* Multiple translations of the epic poems: 8 translations of ‘The Iliad’ and 6 translations of ‘The Odyssey’
* Includes Augustus Taber Murray’s translations of both epics, which previously appeared in Loeb Classical Library editions of Homer’s works
* Character notes on major figures of the Trojan Epic Cycle
* Images of famous paintings inspired by Homer’s works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the poems or sections you want to read with individual contents tables
* Includes Homer's rare spurious works and fragments, first time in digital print
* Provides a special dual English and Greek text of ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’, allowing readers to compare the sections paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students
* Features 6 bonus biographies and critical works – immerse yourself in Homer's ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* UPDATED with Murray’s translations of ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’
* UPDATED with Dual Greek and English section
* UPDATED with 6 biographical and critical works

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CONTENTS:

The Translations

THE ILIAD
CAST OF CHARACTERS
THE ILIAD – Chapman’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Pope’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Cowper’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Butler’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Lang’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Buckley’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Derby’s Translation
THE ILIAD – Murray’s Translation

THE ODYSSEY
CAST OF CHARACTERS
THE ODYSSEY – Pope’s Translation
THE ODYSSEY – Cowper’s Translation
THE ODYSSEY – Lang’s Translation
THE ODYSSEY – Butler’s Translation
THE ODYSSEY – Murray’s Translation
THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES – Charles Lamb

THE HOMERIC HYMNS

FRAGMENTS AND SPURIOUS WORKS
HOMER’S EPIGRAMS
FRAGMENTS OF LOST EPIC POEMS
THE WAR OF THE TITANS
THE STORY OF OEDIPUS
THE THEBAID
THE EPIGONI
THE CYPRIA
THE AETHIOPIS
THE LITTLE ILIAD
THE SACK OF ILIUM
THE RETURNS
THE TELEGONY
NON-EPIC POEMS ATTRIBUTED TO HOMER
THE EXPEDITION OF AMPHIARAUS
THE TAKING OF OECHALIA
THE PHOCAIS
THE MARGITES
THE CERCOPES
THE BATTLE OF FROGS AND MICE
THE CONTEST OF HOMER AND HESIOD

The Greek Texts
PRONOUNCING ANCIENT GREEK
LIST OF GREEK TEXTS

The Dual Texts
DUAL GREEK AND ENGLISH TEXTS

The Biographies and Criticism
THE WORLD OF HOMER by Andrew Lang
HOMER AND HIS AGE by Andrew Lang
HOMER AND THE EPIC by Charles Burton Gulick
HOMER AND CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY by Friedrich Nietzsche
HOMER by T. W. Lumb
HOMER AND THEOCRITUS by William Ernest Henley

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From Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator whose Iliad was named one of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2011, comes a vivid new translation of the Odyssey, complete with textual notes and an illuminating introductory essay.

The hardcover publication of the Odyssey received glowing reviews: The New York Times praised “Mitchell’s fresh, elegant diction and the care he lavishes on meter, [which] brought me closer to the transfigurative experience Keats describes on reading Chapman’s Homer”; Booklist, in a starred review, said that “Mitchell retells the first, still greatest adventure story in Western literature with clarity, sweep, and force”; and John Banville, author of The Sea, called this translation “a masterpiece.”

The Odyssey is the original hero’s journey, an epic voyage into the unknown, and has inspired other creative work for millennia. With its consummately modern hero, full of guile and wit, always prepared to reinvent himself in order to realize his heart’s desire—to return to his home and family after ten years of war—the Odyssey now speaks to us again across 2,600 years.

In words of great poetic power, this translation brings Odysseus and his adventures to life as never before. Stephen Mitchell’s language keeps the diction close to spoken English, yet its rhythms recreate the oceanic surge of the ancient Greek. Full of imagination and light, beauty and humor, this Odyssey carries you along in a fast stream of action and imagery. Just as Mitchell “re-energised the Iliad for a new generation” (The Sunday Telegraph), his Odyssey is the noblest, clearest, and most captivating rendition of one of the defining masterpieces of Western literature.
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