The Iliad and the Odyssey (Classics of World Literature)

(10 customer reviews)

Translated by George Chapman, with Introductions by Jan Parker.

Hector bidding farewell to his wife and baby son, Odysseus bound to the mast listening to the Sirens, Penelope at the loom, Achilles dragging Hector’s body round the walls of Troy – scenes from Homer have been reportrayed in every generation. The questions about mortality and identity that Homer’s heroes ask, the bonds of love, respect and fellowship that motivate them, have gripped audiences for three millennia.

Chapman’s Iliad and Odyssey are great English epic poems, but they are also two of the liveliest and readable translations of Homer. Chapman’s freshness makes the everyday world of nature and the craftsman as vivid as the battlefield and Mount Olympus. His poetry is driven by the excitement of the Renaissance discovery of classical civilisation as at once vital and distant, and is enriched by the perspectives of humanist thought.

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Product details

  • ASIN

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    B00H3EXPTE
  • Publisher

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    Wordsworth Editions (1 May 2012)
  • Language

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    English
  • File size

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    3155 KB
  • Text-to-Speech

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    Enabled
  • Screen Reader

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    Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting

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    Enabled
  • X-Ray

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    Not Enabled
  • Word Wise

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    Not Enabled
  • Print length

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    977 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN

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    1840221178

Additional information

ASIN ‏ : ‎

B00H3EXPTE

Publisher ‏ : ‎

Wordsworth Editions (1 May 2012)

Language ‏ : ‎

English

File size ‏ : ‎

3155 KB

Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎

Enabled

Screen Reader ‏ : ‎

Supported

Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎

Enabled

X-Ray ‏ : ‎

Not Enabled

Word Wise ‏ : ‎

Not Enabled

Print length ‏ : ‎

977 pages

Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎

1840221178

Customer Reviews:

112 ratings

10 thoughts on “The Iliad and the Odyssey (Classics of World Literature)

  1. This is a stunning edition of a great story. The notes seem rather tortuous for a paperback edition, but then the text is so clear that not much added information is.needed.

  2. The book was not for me but it was an extraordinary book, for extraordinary value for money delivered very quickly

  3. No need to critique this epic – most of us read it at least once in High School and probably again in University. I have read it a few times and this version is great. The cover is horrible but the text is readable which is unusual for a “copyright free”. This is an excellent resource if you dont think you will use it very often. If you want something a bit more collectible I would look elsewhere – there are a few beautiful renditions of these stories. I think the one (october release) of the Iliad looks great – http://www.amazon.ca/Illiad-Pauline-Francis/dp/1783220589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400759602&sr=8-1&keywords=illiad+andIt is also inexpensive. For the Odyssey check out http://www.amazon.ca/Penguin-Classics-Odyssey-Homer/dp/0141192445/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400759780&sr=1-4&keywords=the+odyssey which is a little on the expensive side – but the actual cover and binding are impressive looking.The collection I am reviewing is probably the best bet for the “average person”. You get both books in a readable package for around $12.. any other route you take you will likely pay close to $30 (though you will have nicer looking books).

  4. The only down side to these books is it use the Roman names for the gods but otherwise great book. And a shout out to the seller book depository been buying from them a long time.

  5. Love ancient history and loved this book.had me gripped on every page .the man was either there or had the greatest imagination. If I ever lost this book I would easily buy another copy from this place

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