Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Homer's The Odyssey

Our next book in our Ancient History rotation will be Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. There are many, many translations available online, in libraries, and reprinted and distributed through popular booksellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstar). The links below include online translations as well as suggested translators (most popular). Please feel free to use whatever source you may have on hand or locally available.

As usual, we will post to the User Group using one of the online e-texts (Samuel Butler translation). You are welcome to read along with us through the group list, or at your own pace using another text/translation. We will be posting study questions from Dr. Donald Mills Greek Literature Course (Syracuse University). These questions are posted as discussion starters -- feel free to join in or post any of your own questions that you may have during your reading assignment.

Our reading pace will be approximately two chapters per week for 12 weeks. This will allow us to finish Homer around the end of March.

Homer's The Odyssey

In Print

  • Greek/English Hardcover edition in two volumes, translation by A.T. Murray (Harvard Univ Pr, 1995):
    Vol. 1 - Books I-XII
    Vol. 2 - Books XIII-XXIV
  • Paperback edition, translated by E.V. Rieu, introduction and notes by Peter Jones (Penguin Classics, 1992, 394 pg).
  • Paperback edition, translated by Richmond Lattimore (Harper Perennial, 1999, 374 pg).
  • Paperback edition of The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy - a condensation of the Iliad and Odyssey (Aladdin, 1982, 247 pg).

Study Guides and Discovery Questions