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Title:
The essential Homer : selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey
Author:
Homer.
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Uniform Title:
Iliad. Selections. English
Publication Information:
Indianapolis : Hackett, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xxii, 512 pages : map ; 22 cm
General Note:
Abridgement of the translator's version of the Iliad, published in 1997; and the Odyssey, published in 2000.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780872205406

9780872205413
Format :
Book

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Selections from both Iliad and Odyssey , made with an eye for those episodes that figure most prominently in the study of mythology.


Author Notes

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable.

The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

(Bowker Author Biography)