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The Odyssey
The Odyssey | Homer
The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an edition of The Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. This is an edition to delight both the classicist and the general reader, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.
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Roary47
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So my July #roll100 books are ready to go… sort of. I found out that the two on the left are the third books in their series so I‘ve actually got their first books ready to go. 😅 Plus I finally get to read The Odyssey! Sweet! @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper 👍👍 3mo
dylanisreading Out of curiosity, what is #roll100? 3mo
Roary47 @dylanisreading at the beginning of the year we write down 100 books we would like to get to within that year. Our host @PuddleJumper then rolls numbers for us each month. The number that is selected corresponds to one of your 100 that you listed in numerical order. 3mo
dylanisreading @Roary47 Sounds fun! Thank you for explaining. 3mo
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Madelpadel
The Odyssey | Homer
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"For nothing could be better than when two love in one house, their minds in harmony, husband and wife. Their enamora are jealous, their friends delighted, and they have great honor."

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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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The Odyssey | Homer
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alanholland
The Odyssey | Homer

This is an allusion to the Trojan War, which the Greeks waged against the Trojans following Paris of Troy's abduction of Helen. This is an allusion to Helios, the Greek god of the sun.

TheMrsShaw Don't forget to include the quote you're talking about. Because an entire book can't be an allusion. The title can be, or a quote, but not the entire work.

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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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The Odyssey | Homer
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ravenlee
Odyssey | Homer
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Pickpick

I‘m a longtime fan, so it‘s no surprise I enjoyed this. Wilson does a great job maintaining the feel of the poetry using accessible language. I recommend this edition - and the 91 pages of introductory material is pretty awesome, too.
#roll100 #24 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Sounds really interesting! 8mo
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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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ravenlee
Odyssey | Homer
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Whew, made it! 91 pages of introduction and translator‘s notes! What a cool closing paragraph, though. And it gets even better - the next section has four really cool maps! Yes, four!

But for now I‘m setting it aside and working on #1619ProjectRead - which I believe is my last weekly read to catch up on. Then back to this one (or, equally likely, on to something shiny).

rwmg Who is the translator?
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ravenlee @rwmg this edition is translated by Emily Wilson. 9mo
rwmg Ah, thank you 9mo
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ravenlee
Odyssey | Homer
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I‘ve (over)committed to some buddy reads/challenges, but I didn‘t set a numeric goal. I just want to enjoy my reading.

Persistence

I am, though I‘m still wading through the introduction and translator‘s notes. It‘s taking me back to undergrad with my favorite professor of all time, and my favorite class of his.

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94 thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead

Tagging

RaeLovesToRead I've also totally overcommitted 😁 I just get excited at all the new challenges! 9mo
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ravenlee
Odyssey | Homer
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Who started this edition without realizing the introduction and translator‘s notes are 100 pages long? That would be me. Don‘t get me wrong; I‘m finding it all fascinating so far (I am a big Odyssey nerd), it‘s just more than I expected. I should have, though, as the whole thing is massive.
#Roll100 #24

RaeLovesToRead Nice edition! 9mo
ravenlee @RaeLovesToRead thanks! I have a collection of Odyssey translations - I think six so far, including a graphic novel version. I‘ve only read two so far, though. 9mo
rabbitprincess I have that edition too! 9mo
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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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Thus spoke Athene, and Odysseus obeyed her gladly. Then Athene, in the form and with the voice of Mentor, presently made a covenant of peace between the two parties.
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reclusivepigeon
The Odyssey | Homer
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I absolutely loved this translation of The Odyssey. Emily Wilson did such a good job modernizing the language while still retaining some lyricism by writing the verses in iambic pentameter. I also appreciate that she broke free from the language commonly used in past translations that was influenced by sexism and colonialism. The introduction and note at the beginning were fascinating. Just everything was overall enjoyable and easy to read. 4⭐️

readingjedi This sounds like a translation I need to read. 14mo
reclusivepigeon @readingjedi This will now be the only translation I will recommend. I really appreciated that Wilson made the language accessible instead of stuffy and pretentious so that anyone can enjoy it. 14mo
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literateBee

I've read it twice so far. I only wish I'd read it first when I was much younger.

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pr.alm
The Odyssey | Homer
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“Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier;
I have seen worse sights than this.”

Gissy That phrase goes with you. 👌As I see you are in the armed forces🤗 1y
pr.alm @Gissy thank you!! And I see you enjoy running.. that‘s awesome! I ran a half marathon yesterday 😅 1y
Gissy @pr.alm Congratulations in that half marathon! I always ask myself what I‘m doing when I am in that start line,, but then everything is forgotten at the finishing line😊The worst part is the training. We are in that process right now. Today we did farleks, tomorrow 7 miles, Thursday-hills (14 times running that hill) and Saturday 12 miles😅But I‘m not a fast runner, I‘m just a finisher because...Run is cheaper than therapy😃 1y
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sherri
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1. Athena
2. Currently reading The Odyssey for the first time! Most recent before that was an ARC of Circe by Madeline Miller.

@TheSpineView @Bette #TwoForTuesday but on a Wednesday.

TheSpineView Loved Circe! Thanks for playing! 1y
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sherri
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Never read this in school. Now, many years later, I have been getting hints from the universe to give it a try. When I saw this beautiful edition on a poetry table right next to the door upon walking into my local bookshop, I took it as a final sign and brought it home with me. Loving it so far from just the introduction and very beginning passages.

SamAnne I‘ve read before but I really want to read this translation. This year for sure! 1y
sherri @SamAnne So far, this translation is easy to understand. It also has maps in the front and summaries, notes, and glossary of names and places in the back. Very helpful! 1y
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nightvalelibrarian
The Odyssey | Homer
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a new friend for my antiques collection 🥰

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WanderingBookaneer
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Buchbeeg 😆 1y
sarahbarnes 😂😂😂 1y
Caroline2 😆 1y
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Addison_Reads
The Odyssey | Homer
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#AmongTheGods @AkashaVampie @BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

I'm so glad I revisited these books. I think between this and The Iliad, this one is my favorite. 💚 I've always been a huge fan of anything dealing with Greek Mythology and rereading this just made all the classic stories so vivid in my mind.

AkashaVampie yay!!! glad u are liking it! 2y
Becker I love this pair as well. ❤️ 2y
SamAnne I‘m planning a reread of Iliad and Odyssey this year. ReAlly looking forward to Caroline Alexander‘s translation of the Iliad. 2y
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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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vivastory
Odyssey | Homer
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Litsy, I need your help! I was listening to a lit podcast about Homer's epics on my drive home. I have read both of them but it has been several years & now I have an overwhelming desire to reread them. When it comes to epics, translation matters. A LOT. I read & loved the Christopher Logue cinematic translation adaptations of Iliad which have now been collected under one volume titled War Music, Simon Armitage's versions for BBC Radio👇

vivastory & Robert Fagle's faithful yet energetic versions. What are your recommendations? I am very curious about Emily Wilson, but I am planning on also rereading the Iliad & as she only translated Odyssey it would be a bit jarring to read them back to back by 2 diff. translators. I noticed that there's a new Peter Green translation which has me very curious as well. Please tell me your opinion! Please note that I am not opposed to rereading (edited) 2y
vivastory a translation that I have previously read. However, when it comes to The Iliad & The Odyssey it is very rare for a translator to tackle only one. I don't know if Wilson currently has plans to tackle Iliad, but I'd be surprised if she didn't. Although tbf Christopher Logue never tackled Odyssey. Still, vast majority of Homer translators eventually translate both. 2y
readordierachel I can't speak to any other translations, as I've only read Wilson's Odyssey, but I did read that she's working on the Iliad. No idea how far along that is. 2y
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vivastory @readordierachel Did you like it? I just looked at a sample online 2y
Tamra I‘ve read the Pinsky, but not Wilson‘s. I‘d like to though. 2y
vivastory @Tamra Pinsky's Inferno is def one of my fave translations of an epic 👍 2y
readordierachel I liked it a lot. She uses modern language and includes a fascinating note about the how and why of her choices. It made it very interesting and accessible, I thought. 2y
vivastory @readordierachel I will def keep it in mind. Thanks for the info! 2y
Tamra @vivastory I need to give that translation a go! 2y
batsy I wish I could help, but I've only read The Odyssey in Fagles' translation (and loved it). I'm looking forward to tackling the Wilson. 2y
vivastory @batsy I decided on Caroline Alexander's transaction for The Iliad & Stephen Mitchell's for The Odyssey. Once Wilson completes Iliad I will probably read her versions back to back. 2y
vivastory @batsy *translation 2y
batsy @vivastory Nice! I have Alexander's translation of the Iliad that I want to get to, as well. I meant to do a "women's translation project" of both and read Wilson's Odyssey and Alexander's Iliad back to back. Hopefully this year ?? 2y
vivastory @batsy That'd be really interesting comparison! I read a few pages of the Alexander & it looks fantastic. I'm really looking forward to it. 2y
LeahBergen I did a bunch of Classics courses in university and I read (and loved) both The Iliad and The Odyssey in the (very old school) Richmond Lattimore translations. As far as translations go, they are supposedly the closest to the original in meter. But you may be looking for a more modern interpretation? 2y
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S.Web
The Odyssey | Homer
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I really enjoyed this new translation be Emily Wilson. It was very readable. There was also a very helpful introduction that puts the Odyssey into context of both Ancient Greece and modern classical studies.

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Hestapleton
The Odyssey | Homer
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I didn‘t LOVE this, mostly because classical lit isn‘t my thing, but the audio was pretty enjoyable. I really appreciated Wilson‘s thorough introduction and translator‘s note as it gave me a way to ground myself and have things to look for in this SUPER long poem. Glad I read it, but probably wouldn‘t pick it up again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
+21 for #teamreadnosedreindeer and my last book for #readharder20 the first year I finished the challenge!!

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WellReadCatLady
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Happy thanksgiving! Winding down the festive day with a tea latte and a classic.

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Settings
The Odyssey | Homer
Pickpick

Read excerpts of this in high school - wrongly expected Odysseus's journey to be the bulk of it. Lots of the famous stories are not given very many lines.

Incredible stories - much more interesting imo than The Iliad even though I think the Iliad has better characters.

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allusory
The Odyssey | Homer
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Getting some help from Oliver. #deweys24hrreadathon #readathon #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 😻 2y
CoverToCoverGirl 🤩😻 1y
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allusory
The Odyssey | Homer
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Working my way through Emily Wilson‘s translation of The Odyssey during #deweys24hrreadathon! #readathon

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ReaderSean
The Odyssey | Homer
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The story of one man‘s ten year journey home following a ten year war. The main theme of The Odyssey seems to be the different ways we are tested in life. Odysseus‘s love for his wife is tested by Calypso. His wits are tested by the Cyclops. His leadership is tested by his own men. His ability to win men‘s hearts by being genuine and unassuming is tested by King Alcinous. He is finally tested in battle by the men who tried to steal his wife.

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WellReadCatLady
Odyssey | Homer
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Tried out a new bookstore yesterday! Here is my loot!

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Nerdy_Bookworm
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I know I shouldn't be doing a massive book haul so close to moving day, but I only have a couple weeks left living so close to the library, and they finally opened to the public, so I couldn't stop myself! I got a huge box worth of books, but this one in particular excited me! I am now the proud owner of this gorgeous copy of 'The Odyssey!'

Beatlefan129 Ooh, that‘s beautiful 😍 2y
Nerdy_Bookworm @Beatlefan129 I was shocked to see it for sale because it's brand new, and so gorgeous! I immediately knew I had to snatch it before someone else did! I knew I'd live to regret it if I didn't lol. 2y
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MrBook
The Odyssey | Homer
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2/4 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

BookingitwithSandra 😂🤣😂🤣 2y
melissajayne 😂 2y
MariaW 😜 2y
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HeathHof
The Odyssey | Homer
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Parts of our state opened back up this weekend. None of the book stores close by yet but I did manage to find this little beauty. Quite a few of the shops were giving discounts to those who were practicing social distancing and wearing masks which is a pretty cool and generous way of promoting safety. 💗🍦📖

AkashaVampie I love that cover!!! So pretty 2y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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#BiblioMAYnia #SideProfile

Three side profiles! 😁

OriginalCyn620 Nice! 👌🏻 2y
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ravenlee
The Odyssey | Robert Fitzgerald
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#7days7books Day 4
We present here 7 books that will remain in our minds, because they touched us so much, changed us. No further comments needed!

First encountered in college and it (and the course) changed my world. Used again in MA, and I‘ve never removed the flags from either use - laziness or nostalgia?

@Cats4_days would you like to join in?

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Blueberry
The Odyssey | Homer
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Lol. Loved this one. 😆

MrBook 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor 2y
NataliePatalie Uh oh 🤣 2y
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BestDogDad
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Pretty good month despite a mini-slump caused by pandemic fear. Moving forward with more fiction but I‘ll probably go light on dystopian fiction as we‘re now temporarily living it. My two favs this month were written 2,800 years apart by Homer and Marge! #Marchwrapup

Curiouser_and_curiouser Lol, Homer and Marge! An interesting observation :) 2y
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Lindy
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These are just some of the books that I read in March. I've tagged one that I expect will stay with me for a long time, partly because it's so good, and partly because I read it in company, thanks to #readingenvyreadalong.

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 185: Loyal Swineherd (The Odyssey Readalong)
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Jeff, Nadine, Robin, Nikki, Lindy, and Elizabeth joined me on a Saturday afternoon to discuss The Odyssey by Homer. We reflected on favorite moments, memorable characters, and our own experiences with this (literally) epic work. Did you readalong or have more to share? Please leave a comment!
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy185
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@BestDogDad @Booksndogs @Lindy

Lindy Wow! Fast editing! It was a fun experience. 🤗 3y
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ReadingEnvy
The Odyssey | Homer
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If you hoped to participate in the Reading Envy Readalong discussion tomorrow but haven't seen the post in Goodreads, send me an email to my username at Gmail and I'll send you the info.

Lindy I think I'm having internet problems, but I'm trying to log in to the zoom discussion. Hope to see you there. 3y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy you made it! 3y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy What worked is the oldest electronics trick in the book: I turned off my device, then turned it back on. 3y
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Lindy
The Odyssey | Homer
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I wanted my translation to mark its own nature as a web of poetic language, with a sentence structure that is, like that of Homer, built up out of smaller units of sense. There is often a notion that a translation is good insofar as it disguises its own existence as a translation; translations are praised for being “natural.” I hope that my translation is readable and fluent, but that its literary artifice is clearly apparent.

Jerdencon Her translation was super readable - I was afraid I was going to have to really work at this one but it was very easy to get through. 3y
Lindy @Jerdencon I agree. 😊 3y
ReadingEnvy Super readable, dare I say a pleasure! 3y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy 😁👍 3y
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Lindy
The Odyssey | Homer
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He led the spirits and they followed, squeaking
like bats in secret crannies of a cave,
who cling together, and when one becomes
detached and falls down from the rock, the rest
flutter and squeak—just so the spirits squeaked,
and hurried after Hermes, lord of healing.

#readingenvyreadalong
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