The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer

Book - 1932
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Publisher: New York, Oxford University, 1932
Characteristics: 5 p. _., 327 p. 24 cm

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The_Bill
Jun 07, 2010

I'm not really crazy about the ODYSSEY. I think most readers would be more interested in the ILIAD.

One of the recommendations of the ODYSSEY over the other surviving Homeric epic is its sword-and-sandals adventure, the Olympian Gods, and the wondrous mythical beasts. But Homer doesn't really revel in these aspects of the story; he's too much a realist. Readers coming to the poem expecting Harryhausen-style hydras and swashbuckling will likely be disappointed with the slow romance subplot and the long contemplations of solitude.

Even though I prefer the ILIAD, it's cool to read through both epics to find earlier versions of the same mythemes on display in modern works, such as LORD OF THE RINGS.

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