Book Review - The Odyssey

by Erin on December 28, 2011

Homer’s Odyssey is quite possibly one of the most important works of Western literature - and certainly one of the shining examples of Greek literature. It is an epic poem that tells the tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.

Along the way, our stalwart hero encounters monsters, mythical creatures, and gods (not to mention some very intriguing mortals as well), and he must use his ingenuity and intelligence to overcome the myriad obstacles in his path. Odysseus is the paradigm of the clever man who uses his wits to survive, and readers will no doubt be delighted by the way in which he deals with the challenges he faces.

If you want adventure, travels in exotic and magical lands, and excitement, the Odyssey is the book for you. At Mythography, I like to recommend Robert Fitzgerald’s translation, but in reality, most versions will do this magnificent epic justice (indeed, Richmond Lattimore’s translation of the Odyssey is also a delight to read).

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The Odyssey

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