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The Odyssey

Homer
Anthony Verity and William Allan

October 2016

ISBN: 9780199669103

384 pages
Hardback
216x135mm

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Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection

Price: £16.99

The Odyssey tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus' epic ten year journey home after the end of the Trojan War of the Iliad. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers.

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The Odyssey tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus' epic ten year journey home after the end of the Trojan War of the Iliad. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers.

  • A major new translation of Homer's great epic poem that encapsulates the power of cunning over strength, the pitfalls of temptation and the importance of home.
  • Anthony Verity's rendering transmits the directness, power, and dignity of Homer's poetry in an elegant and accurate translation that respects the original line numbers.
  • William Allan, an authority in classical Greek tragedy and epic, offers a full introduction that guides the reader in understanding the composition of the poem, the major themes of the narrative, and situates the poem in its original cultural context .
  • The line-by-line format of the translation is invaluable for those wishing to coordinate it with the Greek text or references in secondary literature.
  • Extensive notes offer book-by-book summaries and elucidate difficult words and passages.
  • The bibliography offers a succinct guide to further scholarship in English; a full index of names enables the reader to trace particular characters through the text; map showing the known Greek world traversed by Odysseus between Troy and Ithaca.

About the Author(s)

Homer

Anthony Verity, former Master of Dulwich College, and William Allan, McConnell Laing Fellow and Tutor in Classics, University College, Oxford

Anthony Verity is a classical scholar and educationalist whose appointments include Head of Classics at Bristol Grammar School, Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School, and Master of Dulwich College from 1986 to 1995. His translations for Oxford World's Classics include Theocritus, Idylls and Pindar, The Complete Odes, and the Iliad.

William Allan is McConnell Laing Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at University College, Oxford. His previous publications include The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy (2000), Euripides: The Children of Heracles (2001), Euripides: Medea (2002), Euripides: Helen (2008), Homer: The Iliad (2012), and Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2014).

Reviews

"a labour of love, this translation offers an 'enchanting' experience and earns [Verity] a well-deserved place among the distinguished translators of the Odyssey." - Classics for All

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