The Iliad/The Odyssey

The Iliad/The Odyssey

by Homer

Gripping listeners and readers for more than 2,700 years, 'The Iliad' is the story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles.

If 'The Iliad' is the world's greatest war story, then 'The Odyssey' is literature's greatest evocation of every man's journey through life.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.03
  • Pages: 1556
  • Publish Date: November 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics
  • Isbn10: 0147712556
  • Isbn13: 9780147712554

What People Think about "The Iliad/The Odyssey"

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. 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.

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. 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 read parts of some butchered version in high-school but this one seems to have satisfied my goddess needs.

We hope that you find Homer's "Odyssey" enjoyable whether you are reading it for school, for study, or for pleasure.(http://library.thinkquest.org/19300/d...) After reading the book I knew so much about ancient history I passed all my test with all As with no problem In 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. The adventure, mystery, and the understanding of pre-history are great for anyone who wants to read this book.

Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BCE, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BCE.