The Toils and Travels of Odysseus

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Kessinger Publishing, Aug 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 492 pages
1926. Edited by Stella Stewart Center. This volume is addressed to both students and general readers. It conforms fully to college entrance requirements in English and contains Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, which tells the tale of the wanderings of Odysseus, one of the most prominent Greek leaders in the Trojan War. After the Greeks claimed their victory at Troy, he began his prolonged journey home. During his travels Odysseus faced many obstacles which he had to overcome and through which he had to prove his valor, intellect, and determination. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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