Thursday, 17 January 2013

Homer “Odyssey”

Homer “Odyssey” (Ancient Greek: Ομήρου Οδύσσεια, Odýsseia) - 800-600 BC

This is an epic story. Everyone has heard of "The Odyssey", and I love classics, so I always wanted to read it.

I am not much into poems but you can read this almost like a novel, the language is very fluent, one line follows the next without those usual interruptions. However, some sentences can get rather long.

Still, it is interesting to follow this man, Odysseus during his journey through this world and the next in order to get home to his wife and son. He meets Gods and heroes, witches, enemies, difficult, life-threatening situations but survives them all. Even when he comes home, the problems are not ended, yet.

This story is over 2,000 years old and it still captures us today. Definitely worth reading.

Book Description: "The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer, along with the Illiad, and is one of the most widely popular anicent texts for reading. Composed around 8th century B.C., it is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the first surviving work of Western literature. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage."

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