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.
Allen Mandelbaum is W.R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University and a National Book Award winner. He is the translator of the UC Press facing-text editions of Dante s "Divine Comedy" (in three volumes: "Inferno, Purgatorio, "and "Paradiso"), as well as the UC Press editions of the verse translations of "The Odyssey of Homer" and "The Aeneid" of Virgil. Anthony Oldcorn is Chair of Italian at Brown University. Charles Ross is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University.
"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