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If you are either learning Chinese-Simplified, or learning English as a second language (ESL) as a Chinese-Simplified speaker, this book is for you. There are many editions of The Odyssey. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your ChineseSimplified-English vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advanced of college examinations. Ea ...more
Paperback, Webster's Chinese Simplified Thesaurus Edition, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Icon Reference (first published -720)
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David A. Beardsley I haven't read the essays you cite, but from my (numerous) readings, I can't see that Odysseus (to use his real Greek name) was anything other than a…moreI haven't read the essays you cite, but from my (numerous) readings, I can't see that Odysseus (to use his real Greek name) was anything other than a servant and sometimes colleague of the gods. He respected their power and their will, even when it caused him hardship. When the Odyssey is seen as an allegory for the human soul, the gods are powers we have within us that can lead us back to our own divine selves, and we deny them at our peril. I humbly refer you to my essay on the Odyssey: http://idealinthewest.com/the-ideal-o...
and my soon-to-be-published book
"The Journey Back to Where You Are: Homer's Odyssey as Spiritual Quest."
Let me know what you think!(less)
Juan Fr. Although they're not exactly sequential, I'd recommend you to read The Iliad first, then The Odyssey. The Iliad provides you huge context, involving…moreAlthough they're not exactly sequential, I'd recommend you to read The Iliad first, then The Odyssey. The Iliad provides you huge context, involving the Trojan War, plenty of characters (including Odysseus), and the cosmovision of Ancient Greece.(less)
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Stephen
So my first “non-school related" experience with Homer’s classic tale, and my most powerful impression, beyond the overall splendor of the story, was...HOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent bunch. Case in point:
...they hauled him out through the doorway into the court,
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
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Alex
"Okay, so here's what happened. I went out after work with the guys, we went to a perfectly nice bar, this chick was hitting on me but I totally brushed her off. Anyway we ended up getting pretty wrecked, and we might have smoked something in the bathroom, I'm not totally clear on that part, and then this gigantic one-eyed bouncer kicked us out so we somehow ended up at a strip club. The guys were total pigs but not me, seriously, that's not glitter on my neck. And then we totally drove right by ...more
Kalliope




I have read The Odyssey three times. The first was not really a read but more of a listen in the true oral tradition. During embroidery class one of us, young girls on the verge of entering the teens, would read a passage while the rest were all busy with our eyes and fingers, our needles and threads. All learning to be future Penelopes: crafty with their crafts, cultivated, patient and loyal. And all wives.

The second read was already as an adult. That time I let myself be led by the adventures
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
It's impossible not to smile when you start reading such a classic and, after only the first few pages, you realize and completely understand why it's regarded as one of the most important works in literature. I'm always a little anxious when I tackle such important and renowned books for being afraid of not comprehending or loving them - War and Peace and Don Quixote, for example - as they seem to deserve. Not that I'm obligated to like them, but I always feel such buzz comes for a reason and I ...more
Glenn Russell
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Ever since I first read Homer’s epic describing the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days, three of those adventures fired my imagination: The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops and the Sirens, most especially the Sirens. I just did revisit these sections of this Greek epic and my imagination was set aflame yet again. How much, you ask? Here is my microfiction as a tribute to the great poet:

THE SIRENS

This happened back in those days when I was a member of an experimental performing-arts troupe d
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Ana
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, classics
Oh Odysseus, how I love thee.. But, bro, you need to get a grip.

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Riku Sayuj

I started this as I was told it is essential reading if I ever want to give a shot at reading Ulysses. I was a bit apprehensive and spent a long time deciding on which translation to choose. Finally it was Stephen's review that convinced me to go for the Robert Fagles' version. I have no way of judging how good a decision that was.

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-volum
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James
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4 out of 5 stars to The Odyssey, published around 800 BC and written by Homer. I was tasked with reading this epic work as part of an Advanced Placement English course in between my junior and senior years of high school. I loved literature back then as much as I do now, and my reading habits probably grew from everything my teachers encouraged us to read during the summer hiatus and mid-year breaks. We sampled literature from all over the world, and this Greek tome was one of the
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Roy Lotz
To this day, the most interesting research project that I’ve ever done was the very first. It was on the Homeric Question.

I was a sophomore in college—a student with (unfortunate) literary ambitions who had just decided to major in anthropology. By this point, I had at least tacitly decided that I wanted to be a professor. In my future lay the vast and unexplored ocean of academia. What was the safest vessel to travel into that forbidden wine-dark sea? Research.

I signed up for a reading project
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Οδύσσεια = The Odyssey, Homer
The Odyssey Characters: Odysseus, Penelope, Helen of Troy, Achilles, Agamemnon, Telemachus, Minerva, Polyphemus
عنوانها: ادیسه؛ اودیسه؛ اثر: هومر؛
عنوان: ادیسه؛ اثر: هومر؛ مترجم: سعید نفیسی؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر، 1337؛ چاپ دوم 1344؛ چاپ سوم 1349؛ در 576 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1359؛ موضوع: اساطیر یونانی - قرن هشتم پیش از میلاد
ترجمه سعید نفیسی با عنوان اودیسه نیز چاپ شده است
کی از دو کتاب کهن اشعار حماسی یونان اثر هومر در قرن هشتم پیش از میلاد است. این کتاب همچون ایلیاد، به ص
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Fernando
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Volver, con la frente marchita, las nieves del tiempo platearon mi sien. Sentir, que es un soplo la vida, que veinte años no es nada, que febril la mirada, errante en las sombras, te busca y te nombra. Vivir, con el alma aferrada, a un dulce recuerdo que lloro otra vez."

Concuerdo totalmente con el periodista y traductor Joan Casas, cuando en el prólogo de esta edición nos dice que si se hubieran reunido temas y canciones para una banda de sonido de este libro, hubiera sido su tema principal "Vo
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Pink
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do you start with a book such as this? An epic tale that has been around for almost three thousand years. I have no idea. What I do know is that I read it and loved it. I had little foreknowledge of the story and I haven't looked into the meanings or history too deeply. Instead I've tried to appreciate the story on it's own merits, getting swept away like Odysseus on the sea. There were quiet contemplative events and dramatic battles, personal struggles and wider societal issues. Gods and ...more
Kris
See article in The New York Times Magazine Section, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/ma...

The Paris Review has excerpts: https://www.theparisreview.org/poetry...
[P]
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
My parents split when I was very young. The arrangement they made between them was that my brother and I would spend the weekends with our father, but would live, during the week, with my mother. One winter, when I was ten years old, it started to snow heavily and gave no indication of stopping any time soon. It was a Sunday morning and my brother and I were due to leave dad’s and return to what, for us, was home. The snow, however, had other ideas.

To go home we had to catch two buses. The first
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Charlotte May
Quite possibly one of my favourite books!
It was this novel that ignited my love for Greek and Roman mythology and antiquity - leading me to choose a degree in Classical Civilisations.
I always look back on The Odyssey with fondness - I love all the monsters he faces and the gods who involve themselves with Odysseus' trials as he makes his way home after the Trojan War.
LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Michael Finocchiaro
I first read extracts of the Odyssey in junior high and high school and some years later purchased the highly acclaimed Fitzgerald translation. It is a masterpiece that brings out the strengths of this iconic story of the voyage of Ulysses from the fall of Troy back to his native Ithaca and his beloved and besieged Penelope. The story is highly readable and full of adventure and misadventure, monsters and heroes and ultimately a triumphant voyage home. Yes, it is very masculine in perspective so ...more
J.G. Keely
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny how many people feel intimidated by this book. Sure, it's thousands of years old, and certainly Greek culture has some peculiarities, but the book is remarkably, sometimes surprisingly modern, and most translations show the straightforward simplicity of the story.

Perhaps like The Seventh Seal, The Odyssey has gotten a reputation for being difficult because it has been embraced by intellectuals and worse, wanna-be intellectuals. But like Bergman's classic film, The Odyssey is focused o
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Everyman
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Odyssey is, well, the Odyssey. Beyond being a tremendously exciting read, it is a foundational work in Western literature.

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
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Tristan
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a bolt of lightning striking a tree, The Iliad of Homer set my cranium alight when its sheer incantatory power first washed over me. It's an astonishing work, brutal and violent, while at the same time deeply affecting, brimming with incisive insights into human nature.

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Odysseus and crew, having taken precautions to not be lured by the Sirens' song, sail past them.

Homer's subsequent epic poem I was less enraptured by because of its lack of focus, even though it is unquestionable that it re
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Jan-Maat
The translation is important, but don't forget that translation is the art of failure.

Much that arises out of the Greek imagination is hostile: the Cyclops, Circe and her ability to reveal your inner pig, the Sirens. Even the gods can't be relied upon, but play favourites, your own gods are dangerous and worse - fickle (view spoiler) . By contrast the real life Phoenicians are friendly and inhabit a similar cultural universe to the Greeks - they play th
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Owlseyes
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ὀδύσσεια dreamers
Recommended to Owlseyes by: OlympusGODS
Shelves: greek-lit

"So Pallas spake, and breathed into his frame
Strength irresistible."










Why so powerful a narrative?

- is it the mythological world?
this tête-a-tête way of living
between
gods and men?

...the voyages?

the longing for Home ...?
Vit Babenco
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It is generally understood that a modern-day book may honorably be based upon an older one, especially since, as Dr. Johnson observed, no man likes owing anything to his contemporaries. The repeated but irrelevant points of congruence between Joyce's Ulysses and Homer's Odyssey continue to attract (though I shall never understand why) the dazzled admiration of critics,” – The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim by Jorge Luis Borges.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is don
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Terry
Oh no, I didn’t! Did I just give Homer’s Odyssey 3 stars?! (Well, 3.5 really) What gall! Who the hell do I think I am?! Believe me, I am as shocked as you are. I thought I would end up liking this much more than its twin The Iliad, but the opposite turned out to be the case. Don’t get me wrong, Homer’s a great writer…he’s got a real future in the industry! (I kid, I kid) But seriously, while the Odyssey certainly contains more down to earth concerns than the vast epic of blood, guts and glory th ...more
Jason
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is good stuff, and it was good to fill in the blanks between the scattered books I had already read and the ideas of the narrative that I picked up from the cultural consciousness. I think I like it more than The Iliad even though it's noticeably less gay.
Darwin8u
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I really liked this Fagles translation. Not my all-time #1 classics translation (Robert Pinsky's The Inferno of Dante: Bilingual Edition still rules, and probably will till Hell doth freeze over), but this has to be a contender for second.
Madeline
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Before buying a copy of this (Richard Lattimore's translation, fyi) in a secondhand bookstore, I had a passing familiarity with The Odyssey. My introduction to the story, as was the case with a lot of classic literature, was provided by the PBS show Wishbone (you have not lived until you've seen a Jack Russell terrier in a toga firing an arrow through twelve axe heads, trust me on this). Then in high school, one of my English classes read some selections from the poem - I remember reading the Cy ...more
Trish
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading, understanding and analyzing The Odyssey is a milestone in any person's life. It is colossal, not only in length, but also in reputation. There are few books as referenced or lauded as Homer's two epics, and yet each one delivers. What makes reading The Iliad and The Odyssey in succession so satisfying is that they are unique in their tone, characters, story, and history. I think what The Iliad lacks in action and adventure, it makes up for with complex characterization. The Odyssey is f ...more
Nelson Zagalo
Ler um livro com mais de 2700 anos e sentir prazer genuíno com a sua leitura é por si só admirável, e leva-me a constatar de imediato que: o seu criador era alguém extremamente dotado na arte narrativa; e que existe uma estrutura base no modo como contamos histórias que se tem mantido bastante estável ao longo dos últimos milénios.

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Ulisses

“Odisseia” e “Ilíada” são comumente reconhecidos como os poemas épicos, ou histórias completas, mais antigos
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Sue
I have no idea how to review this book which has been discussed by millions of others over the past almost 3000 years. So I plan to keep this brief. This was so enjoyable! I found Knox's introduction very helpful and Fagles' translation smooth and very much a pleasure to read. Some of the descriptions were simply beautiful (I'm remembering Calypso"s cave), emotional (the reunions with family), powerful (the battles with the suitors, and eerie (the visit to The Underworld).

I recommend that everyo
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Kim
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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
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In the Western classical tradition, Homer (Greek: Όμηρος) is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
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