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Penguin Select Classics: The Odyssey

Release date: 11 April 2024
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Of the many things hidden from the knowledge of man, nothing is more unintelligible than the human heart”

Sequal to The Illiad, the story begins ten years after the Trojan War and the Fall of Troy, when Odysseus, one of the war heroes, has still not returned to his kingdom Ithaca.

The Odyssey, which means the story of Odysseus, highlight another universal truth about life which is the desire to return home, the destructions and sacrifices of war.

When assumed dead, Odysseus’s wife Penelope and son Telemachus struggle with a group of unruly suitors who have overrun their palace wanting to marry Penelope and take over his house. But Odysseus is still alive; imprisoned on the island of Ogygia by Calypso, who is possessed by love for him and desires to make him her immortal husband.

Homer’s epic poem, larger than life emotions, and philosophical thoughts is a reminder of the bitter-sweet melancholies and the simplest desires of life."

Product Details

Title: Penguin Select Classics: The Odyssey
Author: Homer
Publisher: Penguin
SKU: BK0503446
EAN: 9789815162660
Number Of Pages: 328
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: Singapore
Release date: 11 April 2024

About Author

Homer is a legendary figure in ancient Greek literature and is widely considered one of the greatest poets of all time. However, very little is known about his, it is generally believed that Homer lived in the 8th or 7th century BCE in the city of Smyrna (modern-day Izmir, Turkey) on the western coast of Anatolia. He is believed to have been blind and to have composed his epic poems orally, reciting them to his audience of listeners. Homer’s two most famous works are The Iliad and The Odyssey. His poems have been translated into many different languages and have inspired countless works of art, including paintings, sculptures, operas, and films. They have also influenced other writers throughout history, from Virgil to Dante to James Joyce. Homer’s legacy as a poet and storyteller has endured for centuries.

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