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Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: The Essential Books

Translation, Notes, and Introduction by Barry B. Powell

Publication Date - 01 October 2014

ISBN: 9780199394074

536 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A handy one-volume collection of the most essential passages from the Iliad and the Odyssey, translated by acclaimed scholar Barry B. Powell


Renowned Homer scholar Barry B. Powell has already given the world powerful new translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Now his Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: The Essential Books brings together his translations of the most important books and passages from these two great poems in one handy volume.

Accessible, poetic, and accurate, Barry Powell's translations are an excellent fit for today's students. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, Powell exposes students to all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, cunning, and humor that are Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Both the translations and the introductions are informed by the best recent scholarship.


* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity

* Powell's introduction sets the poems in their philological, mythological, and historical contexts

* Features unique on-page notes, facilitating students' engagement with the poems

* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages

* Maps provide geographic context for the poems' many place names

* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of important passages are available on the book's Companion Website and indicated in the text margin by an icon

About the Author(s)

Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Oxford University Press published his translation of the Iliad in 2013 and his translation of the Odyssey in 2014.


Critical acclaim for Barry B. Powell: "Powell's style is individual and self-assured, and his lines cry out to be read aloud."--Denis Feeney, Princeton University

"Barry Powell's clever translation is simple and energetic: sometimes coarse, sometimes flowing, it is always poetically engaged."--Margalit Finkleberg, University of Tel Aviv

"Powell's muscular verses are faithful to the original Greek but bring the characters to life. This is a page-turner, bound to become the new standard translation."--Ian Morris, Stanford University

Table of Contents

    List of Maps and Figures
    About the Translator
    The Iliad: Selections
    Book 1 all
    Book 2 Lines 1-54; 210-500; 760-815
    Book 3 all
    Book 4 Lines 1-452
    Book 5 Lines 1-9; 99-149; 172-470; 715-end
    Book 6 Lines 1-4; 101-end
    Book 7 omitted
    Book 8 Lines 1-76; 354-end
    Book 9 Lines 176-end
    Book 10 omitted
    Book 11 Lines 1-316; 623-710; 786-end
    Book 12 Lines 1-35; 222-end
    Book 13 Lines 1-64; 785-end
    Book 14 Lines 150-345
    Book 15 Lines 1-264; 570-end
    Book 16 Lines 1-538; 624-end
    Book 17 omitted
    Book 18 Lines 1-223; 344-end
    Book 19 Lines 1-71; 253-end
    Book 20 Lines 1-76; 466-end
    Book 21 Lines 1-140; 524-end
    Book 22 all
    Book 23 Lines 1-257
    Book 24 Lines 455-end
    The Odyssey: Selections
    Book 1 all
    Book 2 omitted
    Book 3 omitted
    Book 4 Lines 108-519
    Book 5 all
    Book 6 all
    Book 7 omitted
    Book 8 Lines 432-end
    Book 9 all
    Book 10 all
    Book 11 all
    Book 12 all
    Book 13 Lines 1-124; 183-end
    Book 14 omitted
    Book 15 omitted
    Book 16 Lines 1-306
    Book 17 Lines 180-450
    Book 18 Lines 1-107
    Book 19 all
    Book 20 omitted
    Book 21 all
    Book 22 all
    Book 23 all
    Book 24 all
    Pronouncing Glossary/Index

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