An unquestionable cornerstone of Western literature, Homer’s epic on Odysseus’s 10-year journey home from the Trojan war and his wife Penelope’s faithful guardianship of their kingdom remains one of the greatest stories of courage, loyalty and survival ever told.
This Norton Critical Edition includes:Emily Wilson's authoritative translation of Homer's masterpiece, accompanied by her informative introduction, explanatory footnotes and book-by-book summaries.Four maps, created especially for this translation.Contextual materials including sources and analogues by Homer, Sappho, Pindar and others. Also included are carefully chosen passages from (mainly) ancient texts that provide insight into The Odyssey and its reception by Plato, Aristotle, Ovid, Pseudo-Longinus, Lucian, Apollodorus, Heraclitus, Porphyry, Proclus, Hyginus, Dante Alighieri, Alfred Lord Tennyson, C. P. Cavafy, Derek Walcott and Margaret Atwood.Nine critical essays addressing key topics-composition; representation of religion and the gods; class and slavery; gender; colonisation and the meaning of home; trickery, intelligence and lying; and more- essential to the study of The Odyssey. Essays by Robert Fowler, Laurel Fulkerson, Barbara Graziosi, Laura M. Slatkin, Sheila Murnaghan, Patrice Rankine, Helene P. Foley, Egbert J. Bakker and Lillian Eileen Doherty are included.A glossary and a list of suggested further readings.
About the Series
Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format-annotated text, contexts and criticism-helps students to better understand, analyse and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 393 g
Dimensions: 236 x 142 x 18 mm
Edition: Critical edition
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I picked up the Odyssey mainly because i felt it was a book i should have read at school but was put of by the thought of it being such an old book that it would be written in a complex manner.This is far from the... More
“A great book and a rollicking yarn”
This was the most enjoyable read I have had for a very long time, all 577 pages of it. Like many people I have enjoyed snippets of The Odyssey such as the stories of Polyphemus, Nausicaa, Circe and the Sirens but... More
“Faithful and fresh”
Only halfway through reading it yet (Waterstones, you overestimate my speed at reading the books I buy...) but this is a lovely translation. Enjoying it very much. This is the first time I am reading it without... More
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