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The Odyssey

Translated by Walter Shewring and with an introduction by G. S. Kirk

July 2008

ISBN: 9780199536788

384 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99



This prose translation of the Odyssey is so successful that it has taken its place as one of the few really outstanding versions of Homer's famous epic poem. It is the story of the return of Odysseus from the siege of Troy to his home in Ithaca, and of the vengeance he takes on the suitors of his wife Penelope. Odysseus's account of his adventures since leaving Troy includes his encounter with the enchantress Circe, his visit to the Underworld, and the lure of the Sirens.

  • A famous and well-admired translation by Walter Shewring, which comes as close to the spirit of the original Greek as our language will allow
  • With an introduction explaining the significance of the work to Greek literature and literature as a whole, the features that characterise Homers writing style, and the links between the work and the Trojan War
  • Includes a glossary and index of names to help the reader unfamiliar with Greek literature follow the events and characters
  • Includes several maps linking the literary events with real locations

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