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The Odyssey

By Homer
Translated by Robert Fitzgerald
November 1998
Paperback, 515 pages
Noonday Press
ISBN 0374525749

Homer's Odyssey is quite possibly one of the most important works of Western literature - and certainly one of the shining examples of Greek literature. It is an epic poem that tells the tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.

Along the way, our stalwart hero encounters monsters, mythical creatures, and gods (not to mention some very intriguing mortals as well), and he must use his ingenuity and intelligence to overcome the myriad obstacles in his path. Odysseus is the paradigm of the clever man who uses his wits to survive, and readers will no doubt be delighted by the way in which he deals with the challenges he faces.

If you want adventure, travels in exotic and magical lands, and excitement, the Odyssey is the book for you. At Mythography, we like to recommend Robert Fitzgerald's translation, but in reality, most versions will do this magnificent epic justice (indeed, Richmond Lattimore's translation of the Odyssey is also a delight to read).

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Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.

The Odyssey

Art & Myth in Ancient Greece

This book is an essential resource for anyone interested in ancient Greek art and mythology. With over 370 illustrations of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, this book contains a wealth of information about the relationship between myth and art.

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