The most eloquent translation of Homer's Odyssey into modern English.
Richmond Lattimore was born in 1906. He was considered one of the leading translators of Greek classical literature. He died in 1984
Homer’s Odyssey - the epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home
after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western
Championed by Athene, and hounded by the
wrathful sea-god Poseidon, Odysseus encounters the terrifying one-eyed Cyclops,
escapes Scylla and Charybdis, is seduced by Circe and Calypso, and finally reunites
with his beloved Penelope.
Confronted by natural and supernatural
threats—shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the merciless enmity of the sea-god
Poseidon—Odysseus must continually test his bravery and cunning if he is to
reach his homeland safely and overcome terrible obstacles that, even there,
me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide after he had
sacked the famous town of Troy.”
The Samuel Butler translation is an
extraordinary rendering of Homer's Odyssey, easily the most accessible
and enthralling epic of classical Greece.
HOMER is believed to have lived circa 750 BC
in Ionia and is thought to be the author of the earliest works of Western
Literature: Odyssey and Iliad.
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