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The Odyssey (Signet Classics)

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ISBN 10: 0451527364 / ISBN 13: 9780451527363
Published by Signet Classics, 1999
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Paperback in Very Good Condition. Translation into English verse by W. H. D. Rouse. Clean and unmarked cover with art work, 'Penelope and Telemachus', Red figured skyphos, c 440 BC, unknown artist. Light wear to edges, square with tight glued binding. Page block edges clean. Pages clean, no underlining, no highlighting, no marginalia, no creasing, lightly toned. An Epic Poem--one of the great literary works of the western world. And Kimon Friar has presneterd this vast epic narrative in clear, vigorous, English verse. 304 pages with Pronouncing Index. 4.25 x 7 inches. 1999, Signet Classics, USAPaperback in Very Good Condition. Translation into English verse by W. H. D. Rouse. Clean and unmarked cover with art work, 'Penelope and Telemachus', Red figured skyphos, c 440 BC, unknown artist. Light wear to edges, square with tight glued binding. Page block edges clean. Pages clean, no underlining, no highlighting, no marginalia, no creasing, lightly toned. An Epic Poem--one of the great literary works of the western world. And W. H. D. Rouse has presented this vast epic narrative in clear, vigorous, English verse. 304 pages with Pronouncing Index. 4.25 x 7 inches. 1999, Signet Classics, USA. Bookseller Inventory # 022509

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Title: The Odyssey (Signet Classics)

Publisher: Signet Classics

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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A new edition of the classic translation of the ancient Greek epic chronicles the perilous tenyear journey of Odysseus from the battlefields of Troy to his home in Ithaca. Reprint.

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Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives.

He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer – the Iliad and the Odyssey – are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time.

In the Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller’s tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope.

We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact ‘Homer’ may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps ‘the hostage’ or ‘the blind one’. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years’ time.


W.H.D. Rouse was one of the great 20th century experts on Ancient Greece, and headmaster of the Perse School, Cambridge, England, for 26 years. Under his leadership the school became widely known for the successful teaching of Greek and Latin as spoken languages. He derived his knowledge of the Greeks not only from his wide studies of classical literature, but also by travelling extensively in Greece. He died in 1950.

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