The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Synopsis

Translated by a noted Canadian scholar, this translation of the Odyssey was created to provide an accurate text of the Iliad in a modern English poetic form. It was designed first and foremost for people who are reading Homer's Odyssey for the first time. The book is accompanied by a complete glossary, maps and other study aids intended to ensure that one's initial venture into the world of the Odyssey is a fruitful one. It is no accident that this tranlation was chosen by Naxos Audiobooks for its full-length recording of the poem (release date to be announced.)

Excerpt

[The invocation to the Muse; the gods discuss Odysseus and decide he
should return; Athena goes to Ithaca to encourage Telemachus, speaks
to him disguised as Mentes, offering advice about dealing with his
mother and the suitors and suggesting he go on a trip to Pylos and
Sparta; Penelope speaks to Phemius, the singer, asking him to change
the song; Telemachus criticizes her; Penelope goes upstairs; Eurycleia
carries the lit torches to escort Telemachus to his rooms.]

Muse, speak to me now of that resourceful man
who wandered far and wide after ravaging
the sacred citadel of Troy. He came to see
many people’s cities, where he learned their customs,
while on the sea his spirit suffered many torments,
as he fought to save his life and lead his comrades home.
But though he wanted to, he could not rescue them—
they all died from their own stupidity, the fools.
They feasted on the cattle of Hyperion,
god of the sun—that’s why he snatched away their chance 10
of getting home someday. So now, daughter of Zeus,
tell us his story, starting anywhere you wish.

The other warriors, all those who had escaped
being utterly destroyed, were now back safely home,
facing no more dangers from battle or the sea.
But Odysseus, who longed to get back to his wife
and reach his home, was being held in a hollow cave
by that mighty nymph Calypso, noble goddess,
who wished to make Odysseus her husband.
But as the seasons came and went, the year arrived 20
in which, according to what gods had once ordained,
he was to get back to Ithaca, his home—
not that he would be free from troubles even there,
among his family. the gods pitied Odysseus,
all except Poseidon, who kept up his anger

The Muses, the divine patrons of the arts, are daughters of Zeus.

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