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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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michaelmcgee
The Odyssey | Homer
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Emily Wilson translation - 4/5

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BBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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Actual islands off the coast of Italy where the Sirens live. #ItalyVacation ❤🍕🧜🏻‍♀️

TheBookKeepers 😱😍 7d
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melissajayne
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I enjoyed this modern retelling of this classic. I would have to do a side by side reading of this translation and the Fagles translation to find out which version I liked more and see what the differences are between the two. #2019 #litsyatoz #litsyatoz2019 #lettero #o

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VioletMoonBooks
The Odyssey | Homer
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Smarkies I have always wanted to read this... 😁 2w
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blamethestardust
The Odyssey | Homer
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I want to listen to this, and then listen to The Penelopiad again.

#audibledailydeal

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EmilieGR
Mehso-so

My least favorite of the three: I like the Aeneid and the Iliad better

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JPeterson
The Odyssey | Homer
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And so it begins! On my way to Greece for two weeks! 😄

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 3w
RealLifeReading Have fun! 3w
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻 3w
Caterina I love Greece!! Have fun, and share lots of pictures! ❤️😊 3w
Redwritinghood Enjoy! 3w
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VioletMoonBooks
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vivastory
Odyssey | Homer
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The opening lines of #SuperMassiveBlackHole called to mind Odysseus & Calypso. After the Trojan War it took Odysseus ten years to return to Ithaca, seven of which he spent with Calypso on Ogygia. It was only following Athena's plea to Zeus that Calypso agreed to provide Odysseus with the materials he'd need to leave. For me their story is one of the more memorable in The Odyssey.
#AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Mdargusch Nice! I haven‘t read this since high school so I‘m a little foggy on the details. 😂 1mo
Reviewsbylola Great connection! 1mo
gradcat Great thinking on this one! 1mo
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vivastory @gradcat Thanks, for some reason it popped into my head right away. 1mo
emilyhaldi I wish I remembered reading this in high school 🙇🏻‍♀️ 1mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi The Armitage version is fun. He adapted it for BBC as a radio play. 1mo
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CrowCAH
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#AnglophileApril #TakeTheLongWayHome
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zKGOCOAI_2c

Odysseus sure did take the long way home: Scylla and Charybdis, sirens, Circe‘s island and pigs...

Tamra Definitely the scenic route. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Hahahaha, what @tamra said! 1mo
emilyhaldi Like, way too long... 1mo
Mdargusch Cliff notes for the win! 1mo
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madamereadsalot1
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#grief #quotsyapr19 @TK-421

Art: Giuseppe Bottoni - Athena revealing Ithica to Ulysses

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cobwebmoth
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Odysseus worked very hard to get back home. (Love Waterhouse's interpretation of the sirens.)
#harddaysnight #thebeatles #AnglophileApril
@Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch

Mdargusch I love this! 💙 1mo
Jsara5761 Awesome illustration! 👏🏻 The Odyssey I‘m my TBR list. Can‘t wait to dig into it! 1mo
Cinfhen Well done 🙌🏻💕 1mo
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Cathythoughts OMG 😮 this picture is amazing 1mo
sudi I'm actually want to read this after i finish 1mo
Reviewsbylola Such an amazing illustration! 1mo
Swe_Eva Waterhouse is so great! 1mo
emilyhaldi I think I read this in high school but I don‘t remember much 😆 1mo
TK421 I love his artistic vision of the Sirens. 1mo
Severnmeadows Quite awesome picture! 1mo
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readordierachel
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I love that Wilson translated this into modern language. I enjoyed her notes on why she did so, as well as the introduction, even more than the actual poem. Now to read Circe and The Penelopiad.

vivastory Simon Armitage has a wonderful version that he adapted as a radio play 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh cool! I will track that down! 1mo
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Oryx
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Admiring some of the books at the #litsyreadingretreat - unfortunately my Greek is a bit rusty (or non-existent)

Kalalalatja So pretty! 2mo
Soubhiville Wow! 2mo
Severnmeadows Beautiful! 2mo
Cathythoughts ✨✨✨✨✨ 2mo
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EadieB
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hermyknee
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“I think songwriters are more related to fiction writers. The #Odyssey was a story in song. To me, that's so beautiful, all those painted characters, all those travels and adventures.”
- Regina Spektor

♥️🧡💛listening to Regina Spektor back in the day made high school way less sh!tty

#QuotsyApr19 @TK-421 #LizDoesQuotsy

madamereadsalot1 I love Regina! 2mo
hermyknee @madamereadsalot1 ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Johanna414 She is still my favorite! 2mo
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LokiDokey
Odyssey | Homer
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#Manicmonday
📘 Odyssey
🎥 Futurama...the episode where Fry and Bender look at that apartment that's underwater and the sea creature attacks the window 😂
🎵 Under the Sea
@JoScho

JoScho 💛🦑💛 2mo
booklahoma 👍🏻Futurama! 🚀🌎🌝 💫 2mo
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bernadette
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So happy to finish! I enjoyed it but got a little impatient for Odysseus to finally take his home back. The ending was rather abrupt but I remember thinking that from when I read it in high school, too.

Bklover Ok, you have inspired me! This is on my bedside table (this exact version). Need. To. Get. Started. 2mo
bernadette @Bklover yay! I'm so flattered. It's a good read with much more life than the prose translation I read in high school. A lot more going on in it too since all the stuff going on with Penelope and Telemachus was cut from the high school version I read. 2mo
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Mitch
The Odyssey | Homer
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The geographer in me loves this! Mapping the Odyssey....

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/geography-odyssey

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ravenlee
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#SundayShelfie part 4 - I have a mild obsession with the Odyssey, yet don‘t have the Emily Wilson translation. Yet.

#mythsandlegendsswap

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JPeterson
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Two months until our Greece vacation, and after rereading a bunch of myths and The Iliad, totally ready to start my reread of The Odyssey. ❤️

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Oryx
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Thanks for the postcard Helen! @squirrelbrain

I'm starting to think about my stack for #litsyreadingretreat too - the possibilities...

squirrelbrain I think I‘m going to drive rather than taking the train - means I can just fill the boot with books! 3mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain excellent planning! 3mo
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Leniverse @squirrelbrain You realise we're going to a library, right? 😂 3mo
squirrelbrain @Leniverse 🤣🤣 But I have LOTS of TBR shelves at home too, so I‘m definitely bringing some with me! 3mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain @squirrelbrain Plus I reckon it will mostly have academic books, so I'm bringing something a bit more fun 😁 3mo
scripturient @squirrelbrain I love the way you think! 😁 2mo
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JSW
Odyssey | Homer

I‘m just going to ‘fess up that I didn‘t read it all, I‘m not going to read it all, but I wanted the Emily Wilson translation in my library so. There you have it 🤷🏻‍♀️

Morr_Books I'm reading her translation right now! 💕 3mo
JSW @Morr_Books the parts I did read are awesome! 😂 3mo
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readordierachel
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#audiobaking some Elmo cupcakes for my kiddo's 2nd birthday.

(I didn't know how badly I needed Claire Danes narrating The Odyssey in my life 😀. She really breathes life into it.)

litenthusiast Those are so cute! 3mo
Purrsistently Those are really great!! 3mo
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cobwebmoth Those cupcakes are so cute! 3mo
Ingerella Wow! So cute! 3mo
Redwritinghood Nice job! Those look fantastic and yummy. 3mo
AmyG How cute! 3mo
Tanisha_A Oooh so darn cuteee! 😍🤤 3mo
saresmoore Oh my goodness! I love them! And I need Claire Danes to read me The Odyssey, too! !!! 3mo
squirrelbrain How cute are they?! 3mo
Booksnchill So fun!!! 3mo
RealLifeReading Oh so cute!! 3mo
Jas16 Omg those cupcakes are awesome 3mo
FreeReadAndWrite 1. Those cupcakes look amazing 2. I feel like I would listen to Claire Danes narrate anything 3mo
TheLibrarian Those cupcakes look fabulous!! 3mo
mrp27 So cute! 3mo
tracey38 Those look great! 3mo
Meglet I‘m going to look up said audiobook. My kid‘s reading The Odyssey in school. I need to keep up! 3mo
vivastory Those cupcakes and fantastic! Happy birthday to your mini rock star! 🙌🎉🎂🎸🤘 3mo
batsy Oh, those are so fab! ❤️ Happy birthday to the lil one 🎈🧁 3mo
readordierachel @saresmoore @FreeReadAndWrite @meglet Seriously, Claire Danes narrating this is wonderful 😍 3mo
rohit-sawant Those are terrific! 🙌🏽 Belated Happy Birthday to him! 🎉🎂🎉 3mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 3mo
minkyb Well done! 2mo
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Oryx
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Ripping out my knitting for the third time. I should change my name to Penelope.

julesG Oh no! What happened? 3mo
Oryx @julesG I just make a different mistake each time! This time I missed a make one on every row. My friend bought me this wool and it was expensive, so I feel I need to get it right! 😬 4th time's the charm... 3mo
julesG Maybe stitch markers could help. I use coloured ones most of the time, red for increase, blue for decrease, greens are for yarn overs. 3mo
Oryx @julesG I'll try that thanks 😊But in this case I just misread the pattern, so I saw one M1 but not the second one. 3mo
Tamra Lol, had I not read the Odyssey last fall I wouldn‘t have gotten the reference. 😁 3mo
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Severnmeadows
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Happily reading the early pages of Emily Wilson‘s new translation of the Odyssey - it‘s really fresh language: Odysseus is ‘a complicated man‘, we are going to be told ‘the old story for our modern times‘. It weaves its spell as we read, with a story within a story.

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Chris
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Emily Wilson‘s translation. I love that super smart and clever (Debatable but so we‘re told) Odysseus needs a goddess to tell him to hold on to something or he‘s going to die. Haha.

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bernadette
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I'm finding that I trust Odysseus much less this time round. A change of perspective - because I'm reading as an adult this time or is it the translation?

Severnmeadows I‘m reading this too, and really enjoying this translation. Its brilliant that Emily Wilson calls him ‘complicated‘ in the first line. 😊 3mo
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TheKidUpstairs
The Odyssey | Homer
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Hey Rosetta!'s #CarryMeHome is a Christmas song about a man who wants nothing more than to reach the warmth and comfort of home, and to escape the hardships he faces. https://youtu.be/61EkGm__esw

An archetypal tale, as old as Western literature. I still have yet to read The Odyssey, but I loved Atwood's tale of the woman left at home awaiting her husband's return.

#TimbitTunes @Cinfhen

LiterRohde Loved The Odyssey. Might have to try 3mo
Mtroiano I loved The Penelopiad! 3mo
Cinfhen Well played🏆 3mo
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BekaReid
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Looking forward to Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey, "Tell me about a complicated man."

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bernadette
The Odyssey | Homer

Reading the Wilson translation and loving it. I haven't read the Odyssey since freshman year in high school and so far it has this huge chunk in the beginning with a young, a bit whiny Telemachus (I'm thinking he grows up somehow) but it's been a really fun read. The characters are shining through more than I remember it doing so in the other translation I read so long ago.

GivenLemons Telemachus annoys me so much! He treats Penelope so badly! 3mo
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melissajayne
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Thought these observations were interesting

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melissajayne
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I found this paragraph in the introduction particularly interesting and insightful.

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melissajayne
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I‘m starting this translation. I‘ve read the Fagles translation a few years ago and I am going to see how they compare. #classics Doing the #overduepod #readalong

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rwmg
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britt_brooke How it is so far? I‘ve been listening to audio for about 2 years now and love them (usually). I bought this for a reread recently but haven‘t listened yet. 4mo
rwmg I only listened to about 15 minutes and then the battery in my headphones ran out! I have read this translation before but I thought I'd give the audio a go since it was it originally written to be heard rather than read. 4mo
rwmg Listening does need more concentration than reading. My mind tends to wander a bit. 4mo
britt_brooke @rwmg Thanks - Yes, listening does take some training. I started with books I‘d already read just to see how it would go, too. 😁 (edited) 4mo
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SpotlightBookBlog
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This is the classic I will be forever grateful to read. #theodyssey #homer #translatedbyrobertfagles

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy! 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
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SamAnne
The Odyssey | Homer
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I want to open a bar. Only bibliophiles as bartenders. There‘s enough light to read a book even with small font. Extra reading lights available. And no one thinks you are weird or pretentious for bring a book to a bar. And cheap whiskey and wine can be found.

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 4mo
SamAnne Thanks! It‘s been a fun couple of weeks. 4mo
Briget66 I‘m in! 4mo
readinginthedark Yessss, do it! 💗🥃📚 3mo
Crazeedi Great idea!😊 3mo
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Chris
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After reading Pat Barker‘s retelling of The Iliad I‘m (finally) starting Emily Wilson‘s translation of The Odyssey. The introduction was really thoughtful and interesting. I‘m excited about this version.

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ikuhoyama
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Words with wings!

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I never realised I could enjoy a Greek epic so much - this translation is like a masterclass in how to bring out humanity and emotion in a text that often comes across very cold and ‘men fighting for honour‘.

If this translation had been around when I was at school I definitely would have studied classics for longer, if you‘ve ever felt like Greek stuff wasn‘t for you or been put off by translations you read before I recommend Emily Wilson

SamAnne I‘m beginning a re-read of this. It still resonates. 4mo
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sunnyaltman
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My cat is named after a Greek philosopher, so it‘s only fitting that Heraclitus felt the need to join me in my read of Emily Wilson‘s translation of The Odyssey. I‘ve fallen off the Litsy train for quite a while, but I want to get back into posting. I think I felt like I needed to post consistently or not at all, so I‘m going to try to be more relaxed about it.

kgriffith Welcome back! I also have her translation and am looking forward to reading it after @brandybear22 and I finish 4mo
sunnyaltman @kgriffith I‘ve never read the Iliad, so I need to add that to my never ending TBR. I can‘t wait to see what y‘all think of it! 4mo
kgriffith @sunnyaltman I‘ve posted a number of times about it, but I‘m mostly paying attention to the parts that relate to the book that started the whole thing for us, 4mo
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kgriffith @sunnyaltman I recommended SOA to Brandy, and when she found out I‘d never read the source material, she researched translations until she found one she liked for us. On one of our earliest dates, she told me she‘d decided that this was something we‘d do together, that she‘d read it to me. *swoon* 4mo
sunnyaltman @kgriffith That‘s also on my TBR! If you haven‘t read it, let me recommend 4mo
kgriffith @sunnyaltman post about it so I can stack it from your post so you get the litfluence! 4mo
sunnyaltman @kgriffith I‘ll tag you in a post about it tomorrow! 4mo
kgriffith @sunnyaltman perfect! 4mo
sunnyaltman @kgriffith And I just read your comment about how you‘re reading through The Iliad. 😍 4mo
kgriffith @sunnyaltman it‘s super gross and I love it so much 😍 4mo
Weaponxgirl Welcome back! I did the same thing and like you I‘m trying to be chilled about posting. Just what I want when I want and focusing on the great people. 4mo
JPeterson I‘m currently rereading The Iliad, and then plan to reread The Odyssey (different translation, however). It‘s fantastic! @sunnyaltman @kgriffith 4mo
JazzFeathers I read a prose renditi of The Iliade such a long time ago. Really liked it. Always meant to red The Odyssey (everybody l know says it's even better) but somehow, l have to found the time so far. As for Litsy, don't feel pressed. We're here for the fun! 4mo
Cailey_Mac I hear ya! I only post when I want to; if I‘m excited about something, or whatever I‘m reading at the time, but not because I feel I “have” to. I think that‘s the beauty of Litsy🙌🏼 4mo
sunnyaltman @Weaponxgirl I have all these dreams about starting a bookstagram, but then I remember the amount of work involved beyond just reading the books haha. If I post at least once per book I‘m reading, I‘ll be happy! 4mo
sunnyaltman @JazzFeathers I read prose excerpts of The Odyssey in my 9th grade English class, and coming back to the full thing now is super interesting! 4mo
sunnyaltman @JPeterson I love that so many people are reading Greek myths right now! 4mo
sunnyaltman @Cailey_Mac Litsy is so much more welcoming than Instagram when it comes to books! I love that I don‘t have to spend hours taking and editing a photo for a post (although I enjoy doing that as well!). 4mo
Cailey_Mac @sunnyaltman Same here! It seems a lot of people on social media look for a fight or argument, so Litsy is a welcome change for me! (edited) 4mo
readordierachel Welcome back 😊 4mo
brandybear22 @kgriffith what, gross? Just because we know exactly where all the arrows go in and out and whether they are wearing a man plate or not and how it‘s like the shepherd in the fields when the wild boar comes down from the mountain in a fit of rage like thunder? Top notch romance right there... 4mo
brandybear22 How is the translation? Do you recommend? 4mo
kgriffith @brandybear22 I am really into you. 😍 4mo
kspenmoll Welcome back & try & relax about posting. ❤️ 4mo
sunnyaltman @kgriffith @brandybear22 Y‘all are adorable, please continue 😉😍. I‘ve only read the first book so far, but it‘s very readable. The history and translator‘s note at the beginning was really well done. Normally I would skip that, but I‘m glad I didn‘t here. 4mo
brandybear22 @sunnyaltman Excellent! I expect we‘ll want to read it. I mean, once you‘ve covered homer, that‘s pretty much every original storyline. When I was selecting the translation for the Iliad I read a ton about translations and differences,poetry vs prose, or plain language. It was all quite fascinating and I enjoyed the quest to find the right one, and I didn‘t select it because she‘s the first woman to translate. 4mo
Crazeedi I love you kitty's name! And he's beautiful ! 4mo
sunnyaltman @Crazeedi Thank you! He‘s a bit of a diva, but I love him anyway. 4mo
Crazeedi @sunnyaltman they all are!(beautiful and divas,😉😊) 4mo
nudibranch Aagh! Emily Wildon is coming to Madison at the end of February to talk about this translation, and I can't wait!! 4mo
nudibranch *Wilson, typos, ugh 4mo
RadicalReader @sunnyaltman seriously gorgeous name for a cat love it such a beautiful kitty too 4mo
sunnyaltman @RadicalReader He knows how pretty he is, but he appreciates the affirmation regardless 🤣 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Thank you to everybody for their wonderful messages of support after Barney (my partner‘s cat) passed away. I‘ve had a really terrible day, being sick in bed and then getting awful news. I‘m looking forward to trying to go back to work tomorrow and not think about it.

Embarking on the Odyssey. I always take comfort in very old epic poems when I‘m going through tough times, not sure why, perhaps it‘s easiest to get lost in it.

BarbaraBB Wishing you the best ❤️ 4mo
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LiterRohde
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“First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song.”

#QuotsyJan19 | 11: #Hazard

📷: Made with Typorama

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VioletMoonBooks
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ikuhoyama
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“My name is nobody”

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Rbabyblue
The Odyssey | Homer
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To study or to read...?

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