Monday, May 7, 2012

Classic Monday: The Odyssey by Homer

750 BC
560 pages

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. It recounts the story of Odysseus' return to Ithaca from the Trojan war and tells how, championed by Athene and hounded by the wrathful sea-god Poseidon, Odysseus encounters the ferocious Cyclops, escapes Scylla and Charybdis and yields temporarily to the lures of Circe and Calypso before he overcomes the trials awaiting him on Ithaca. Only then is he reunited with his faithful wife Penelope, his wanderings at an end.

This is one of those great classics that has survived throughout time. Homer definitely created a bloody, gory account of Odysseus' journey but it also makes for a great tale. This is a beautifully written, epic tale that contains an insight into an older time when greek mythology was a major influence on people's lives.


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