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Book Title: The Odyssey
Publication Date: 1966
Book File Type: PDF Download / Read Online
PDF Author: Homer
Pages: 324 (varies)
Audiobook : Yes
PDF Language: English
ISBN: 0143039954


The Odyssey Homer Summary

The Odyssey relates the story of Odysseus’s journey after the Trojan War. The story begins 10 years after the war and Odysseus still has not returned home. He is being detained by a nymph, Calypso on the island Ogygia. Calypso is trying to take Odysseus for herself.

He encounters many foes, trials, and legendary temptations, on his way back to his wife. Including but not limited to the man-eating, a one-eyed Cyclops, the Laestrygonian giants, the beguiling Sirens, the souls of the dead in Hades and the treacherous Scylla and Charybdis. Prevalent themes in the book are love, adventure, pleasures, and food but also mortal danger. All of which entice us to delve even further into the story of Odysseus.


What we need to know

This book is a poem of epic proportions with many themes as mentioned above but narrowed down to mostly journey and discovery, and is considered an essential in the study of Greek history and culture. Please note that the Odyssey contains a great deal of violence and brief instances of sexual activity.


“For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother”
― Homer, The Odyssey

“Each man delights in the work that suits him best.”
― Homer, The Odyssey

“out of sight, out of mind”
― Homer, The Odyssey

“Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.”
― Homer, The Odyssey

Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey has sold well over two million copies and is also available on Amazon. This edition features a map, a Glossary of Names and Places and Fitzgerald’s Postscript.
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