The Odyssey


Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the "complicated" hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson's Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer's music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer's swift, smooth pace.

A fascinating, informative introduction explores the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the poem's major themes, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of readers.

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541 pages

Average rating: 7.38




Community Reviews

Mar 23, 2024
8/10 stars
Epic poem!
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Dec 27, 2023
10/10 stars
They don’t write them like they used to!! This was a really fun discovery, granted I listened to it at 1.5 speed because there were just so many words! But a couple of things stand out in this:
1. Odysseos was incredibly creative in his creation of cover stories and wary of nearly every one!
2. Hospitality was long a hallmark of a person’s quality.
3. A man showed his wealth by giving richly to the least among him.

I could see a more wholehearted return to these values.
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Sep 18, 2023
6/10 stars
A fine Latin translation instead of Greek original. I liked how old it sounded with all the story-telling and lying Odysseus does, but it is very antiquated and needs newer translations for comparisons. Ulysses is the name in the book since this is the latin or Roman version, even though I really hate that name for him given that it's meaning has a part in the story.
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Aug 19, 2023
7/10 stars
Classic, very good. Some issues due to change in time period. Overall good read
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Frank F
Aug 02, 2023
10/10 stars
I have read this several times, once when I was young, and several times in conjunction with reading Ulysses and Derek Walcott's Omeros. I love the Emily Watson version, The introduction is very thorough and informative, and enhanced my appreciation greatly, and her langauge is beautiful.
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