...they hauled him out through the doorway into the court,...more
lopped his nose and ears with a ruthless knife,
tore his genitals out for the dogs to eat raw
and in manic fury hacked off hands and feet.
then once they’d washed their own hands and feet
they went inside again to join ody
The journey home steals a second decade from Odysseus’ life and will require the last measure of his courage and perseverance.
Sing to me of...more
This translation, by Robert Fagles, is of the Greek text edited by David Monro and Thomas Allen, first published in 1908 by the Oxford University Press. This two-volu...more
It is a glorious story of love and war, gods and humans, adventure in and around the Mediterranean (and, some argue, out to the West Indies). On the surface simply the story of Odysseus's adventures after the fall of Troy, it is a rich tapestry of places, characters, and creatures which have entered into the basic language of Western literature.
For academic study of the...more
My knowledge of classical literature and mythology is sadly lacking. The main reason I decided to tackle The Odyssey is because I want to read Ulysses and I gather that a passing acquaintance with this work will make that experience more meaningful.
Listening to Ian McKellen reading the Robert Fagles' translation made me regret my lack of education in the classics. I have no way of assessing the merits of Fagles' work, but I would love be to be able to read this epic poem in the language in whic...more
For those who have read it, here are my opinions:
Hate Penelope. Period. She is so whiny, and I am probably about to be shunned by the millions of Twilight fans, but she reminds me A LOT of Bella (cringe as fruit flies toward an unsuspecting...more
This story takes you on a breathtaking journey that will bring you to your feet in a standing ovation! The story of love, betrayal, courage,honor and more is timeless. The characters come to life.
The Odyssey will capture your mind and emotions, and you won't want to put it down. A great adventure.
Manny's review of another book, the name of which has been edited out because of suspected search engine activity on the part of the regime:
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I'm not going to write a review for the Odyssey; I think that thousands of years of influence and praise speak for themselves.
However, I will tell you what happened when I was reading the last books of the poem, in which Penelope is reunited with her husband. In those days, I happened to be home alone while Alec was in Olney, dog-sitting his mother's dogs. Well, during that time, Alec had to fight against terrible storms that put his commute in peril and isolated him from...more
The Odyssey is, in part, the story of the hero Odysseus, a man so driven by love for his wife, his son...more
In the classic Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy” there is a scene toward the end that my readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey brought to mind and prompted the comment made in the Comments earlier, i.e., “the Klingons are ancient Greeks.” The Organians have revealed themselves to be super-evolved, incorporeal beings and have put a stop to the “insane war,” as Ayelborne calls it, the Klingons and the Federation...more
في هذه الأثناء توافد العديد من الخُطَّاب من أصقاع الأرض على قصر "أوديس" يطلبون الزواج من زوجته "بنلوب"، وأقاموا عندها طوال هذه المدة التي كانوا يعتاشون فيها من أموال "أوديس" هم وحاشيتهم، عددهم كما ورد كان كبير:-
(فقد قدم منهم اثنان وخمسون من دوليخيوم، وأربعة وعشرون من...more
This review should be best interpreted as a continuation of my review of the first of the two epics credited to Homer - The Iliad ( The Essential Homer). I read the Iliad to deepen my understanding of Julian Jaynes's thesis that a very different bicameral mentality prevailed during the times of the Iliad. I next read the Odyssey as an essential part two of that effort since Jaynes also claims that the bicameral mentality had started to break down during the times of the Odyssey. The foremost sig...more
As the story winds down and Odysseus returns to Penel...more
تنقسم ملحمة الأوديسة إلى أربعة وعشرين فصلاً يسرد فيها الشاعر هوميروس رحلات -أو تيه- الملك أوديسيوس ، ومغامراته، وصراعاته مع الآلهة، ومن ثم عودته أخيرًا إلى وطنه في جزيرة إيثاكا التي كان قد غادرها قبل عشرين عاما ليشارك في حروب الإغريق ضد طروادة، وهذه الحروب هي م...more
The Odyssey written by Homer is about Greek gods and humans about their afterlive of the battle of Troy. The main character Odysseus is now trying to battle his way back home, to regain his normal life. As he tries to do so he encouters many difficulties. Odysseus left behind him before the battle of Troy a loving wife and son . As the two back home don't know when and if their father and husband is coming back ; a bunch of young men want to marry Odyssesus wife. Will Odysseus find his way back...more