Homer's epic chronicle of the Greek hero Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War has inspiredwriters from Virgil to James Joyce. Odysseussurvives storm and shipwreck, the cave of the Cyclopsand the isle of Circe, the lure of the Sirens' songand a trip to the Underworld, only to find hismost difficult challenge at home, where treacheroussuitors seek to steal his kingdom and his loyalwife, Penelope. Favorite of the gods, Odysseusembodies the energy, intellect, and resourcefulnessthat were of highest value to the ancients and thatremain ideals in out time.
In thisnew verse translation, AllenMandelbaum--celebrated poet and translator of Virgil's"Aeneid" and Dante's "Divine Comedy"--realizes the power and beauty of the originalGreek verse and demonstrates why the epic tale of"The Odyssey" has captured the humanimagination for nearly three thousandyears.
About the Author
Homer is celebrated as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
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.
"A splendid achievement outstripping all competitors."--Anthony A. Long, author of Hellenistic Philosophy
"With real poetic power...his book is one no lover of living poetry should miss."--The New York Times Book Review