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Homer's Odyssey, composed in the eighth century BC, is the most influential and most popular epic poem in our cultural traditions. The story of Odysseus' adventures on his return home from the Trojan War has inspired the imaginations of readers for centuries and has become an integral part of our civilization's greatest artistic achievements, exerting its appeal on writers, painters, poets, film makers, and others, right up to the present time. Ian Johnston's abridged version of this magnificent poem, approximately one third the length of the original, is based upon his acclaimed new translation of the entire work (also published by Richer Resources Publications). Every line in the abridged text comes from Homer's poem, and a few short summary comments are included to keep the narrative thrust of the action coherent. This abridgment also has explanatory footnotes, a glossary of names and places, a floor plan of Odysseus' palace, and a map of his route home. It thus serves as an ideal entry into Homer's poem for those who do not have the time yet to tackle the full poem.
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Ian Johnston was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and raised in Canada and England. He attended McGill University in Montreal, the University of Bristol and the University of Toronto. He worked for many years as a college and university-college instructor in British Columbia teaching English, Classics and Liberal Studis. He is the author of the book, The Ironies of War: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad. He is now retired and living in Namimo, British Columbia.Review:
"Johnston's translation is extremely faithful to Homer's Greek text, and yet at the same time is characterized by a very readable English style, so that the clarity and fluency of this translation immediately set it apart from many other alternatives. The result is an interesting and evocative synthesis of a past vision and modern sensibilities. --Dr. Anne Leavitt, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, Malaspina University-College
"Ian Johnston provides his readers with a clear and comprehensible translation of the Iliad that presents itself as a dynamic equivalent of the Greek original. Johnston captures the text with an eye to both accuracy and his modern readership. --Dr. Andrew Porter, University of Missouri-Columbia
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Book Description RIcher Resources Publications, Arlington, Va, 2012. Hardcover, cloth binding in very good condition. Contents are clean, unmarked,save for owners stamp on front endpage. and tightly bound. Dustjacket is good, small chip and tear along top edge. 172 pgs. Seller Inventory # 011587s
Book Description Richer Resources Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 3 Abridged. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1935238566