Other than the gruesome, violent images often presented in magnificent detail hey, it is a war , I really enjoy reading Homer s epic poem Where else are we given such insight into stubborn Agamemnon, noble Hector, intelligent and well spoken Odysseus, lazy and spineless Paris, guilt ridden Helen, the wrath of the warrior Achille s and how vain he can be We can identify with Trojan and Greek alike, agonizing with both sides over the destructiveness of war We get the inside story on all the Greek and Trojan heroes and what makes them tick And best of all, we get a behind the scenes, humorous look at the Greek gods their strengths, weaknesses and all the squabbles and fuss that take place between them The Iliad is really incomplete without The Odyssey, so I will be reading and reviewing that book as well I had read a synopsis of the adventures of Odysseus in high school, but it was nice to read the entire epic poem to get the full story Odysseus is an intelligent, cunning hero and you are really rooting for him by the time he finally makes it home from his long journey and is ready to take action against the usurpers of his household So many stories of this time period end in tragedy, it s nice that there is a satisfactory end to Odysseus s story after so many years of pain and heartache for him and his family I enjoyed The Odysseythan The Iliad because it seems aintimate story overall We really come to know the man Odysseus, his son Telemachus and wife, Penelope through their thoughts and interactions with others The Iliad takes place during the Trojan war and focuses on the Greek and Trojan warriors and what takes place on the battlefield The Odyssey is not quite a continuation of the Iliad, but takes place 10 years after the end of the Trojan war from which the great warrior Odysseus never returned It seems he had some trouble on the high seas and on various islands along the way and has been unable to make it home In the meantime, his home has been invaded by suitors who think he is dead and want to marry Penelope Telemachus is not strong or powerful enough to throw them out and goes on a journey to find news of his father With the help of the gods, Odysseus and Telemachus are finally able to defend their home I would recommend reading both The Iliad and Odyssey together but if you re only going to pick up one, read The Odyssey.
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The translation was pretty readable This is part of the Great books of the western world Collection that I have set out to read.
Ulysses is my favorite Greek hero.
Always was always will be I read parts of some butchered version in high school but this one seems to have satisfied my goddess needs.
I think we perhaps need some revitalization of the sentiments present in these books to save America from going down the cultural tubes When the Odyssey is replaced with the jersey Shore cannot possibley turn out well.
How could i rate such a classic any less than 5 stars It didn t take me long to figure out that I m not a Homer girl I think the problem was partly that after years of taking in entertaining, probably dumbed down versions of the stories, the reality ended up a bit of a let down Another problem was I had trouble liking any of the characters Achilles Hector Even Odysseus Ugh Whiney, deceitful, and not very likeable The Iliad was pretty painful to get through I forced myself to finish and didn t even get a payoff in the end What happened to Troy Andromache Priam The Iliad won t tell you The sacking of Troy is alluded to in the Odyssey with a brief overview of the Trojan Horse and the men hiding in it That s it The Odyssey was better than the Iliad, maybe 2 stars I have a bit of a complex now that I ve read the books and not liked them I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, but I just couldn t connect with these classic works of literature that have been read by, and enjoyed by countless people for centuries.
The Iliad and the Odyssey keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning of the story to the end I m not into books like this one but I LOVED this book The adventure, mystery, and the understanding of pre history are great for anyone who wants to read this book All these things made me want to read the book over again and even write a book review on it First the adventure is wild from the start Fighting the Cyclopes and winning made me think that no matter what the size of the person or object I can win if I put my mind to it and want it bad enough Adventure keeps me reading the book If the book doesn t have adventure I will close the book and go do something else with my time but I didn t have to do that once with this book Next the mystery keeps you guessing you think you know hats going to happen but you don t The author Homer does a great job of that this makes one keep reading and keep guessing until you get to the end the story If you know what s going to happen in the story why keep reading the book that would be a waste of time you can go do something else with your time like go outside and work on your jump shot or something like that Never will you have to do that with this book.
Last the understanding of the pre history is good for one if they are trying to learn about ancient history One person said The Odyssey is a magnificent piece of literature that we find absolutely spectacular in the fact of its potential for helping us understand pre history of many ancient cultures, and because of the fact that it is so well written and perhaps one of the first books epics ever written down We hope that you find Homer s Odyssey enjoyable whether you are reading it for school, for study, or for pleasure After reading the book I knew so much about ancient history I passed all my test with all A s with no problemIn conclusion I hope my three reasons have you wanting to read this book The adventure, mystery, and the understanding of pre history are great for anyone who wants to read this book Now I have informed you about the book now it s up to you to see what are you going to do either read this great book or just go on with your life ignorant What will you do .