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The Odyssey: A New Translation by Peter Green

The Odyssey: A New Translation by Peter Green

The Odyssey: A New Translation by Peter Green

The Odyssey: A New Translation by Peter Green

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“This is a triumph, a worthy successor to Peter Green’s outstanding translation of The Iliad. The style is flexible, sometimes colloquial, and often touching the heights, while being always immensely accessible to a modern reader. No version known to me is better at conveying the feeling as well as the sense of the original, and it takes a poet as well as a scholar to do it so well.”—Christopher Pelling, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University
“Clear, concise, and poetic. Literally an epic achievement. Peter Green has done it again.”—Eric H. Cline, Professor of Classics and Anthropology and the Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University
Praise for Peter Green’s translation of The Iliad:
“Taken as a whole, this is the best line-for-line translation of the poem I know.”—London Review of Books
“Peter Green’s particular merit lies in achieving a clarity and fluidity that carries the reader forward. A notable achievement.”—Times Literary Supplement 
“[Green] gets the interpretation right without interrupting the forward motion that is always Homer’s aim—and this is one of the great virtues of Green’s translation as a whole: its limber fluency.”—New York Review of Books

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ISBN-13: 9780520303362
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 453,263
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. One of the most prolific scholars of the ancient world, he is the author of both historical studies and translations of poetry, including The Poems of Catullus, Apollonios's The Argonautika, and Homer's The Iliad, all by UC Press.

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The man, Muse — tell me about that resourceful man, who wandered far and wide, when he'd sacked Troy's sacred citadel:
Now the rest, all those who'd escaped from sheer destruction,
But now Poseidon was visiting the remote Aithiopians —
Then the goddess, grey-eyed Athene, responded to him, saying:
Cloud-gatherer Zeus responded to her, saying: "My child,
The goddess, grey-eyed Athene, responded to him, saying:
So she spoke,
That said, he led the way, and Pallas Athene followed.
Then in came the arrogant suitors, and all immediately settled themselves in rows on the seats and benches,
But Telemachos now spoke to grey-eyed Athene, leaning his head close to hers, so that no one else could hear him:
Then the goddess, grey-eyed Athene, responded to him, saying:
Sagacious Telemachos responded to her, saying:
Sagacious Telemachos then responded to her, saying:
Outraged by his statement, Athene responded, saying:

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