The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Paperback - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Translated by a noted Canadian scholar, this translation of the Odyssey was created to provide an accurate text of the Iliad in a modern English poetic form. It was designed first and foremost for people who are reading Homer's Odyssey for the first time. The book is accompanied by a complete glossary, maps and other study aids intended to ensure that one's initial venture into the world of the Odyssey is a fruitful one. It is no accident that this tranlation was chosen by Naxos Audiobooks for its full-length recording of the poem (release date to be announced.)
Published: Arlington, Va. : Richer Resources Publications, c2006.
ISBN: 9780977626991
Branch Call Number: 883.01 HOM
Characteristics: 497 p. :,maps (some col.) ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnston, Ian C. 1938-


From Library Staff

List - Ancient Classics
DBRL_READER Nov 07, 2013

The story of a Greek warrior and his years-long hero’s journey on the way home from the Battle of Troy.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 30, 2017

A classic- the original " road story ".

May 30, 2017

This is a great translation that's EASY to read, unlike some others I have tried. You can enjoy this epic much more if you actually understand what's going on without having to read each line 3 times over ;-).
Thank you, Martin Hammond!

Odysseus faces many challenges when traveling back home after fighting in the Trojan war for 10 years. This is one of my favorites because I always loved reading about the monstrous creatures of Greek Mythology and this book consisted of some of my favorites such as sirens and the Cyclops.


One of my favorites because I love reading about the monstrous creatures of Greek mythology and this book consisted of some of my favorites such as the sirens and the cyclops

-Michelle; Teen Volunteer

Jul 13, 2016

Homer’s Odyssey is one of the greatest masterpieces ever written. It chronicles the voyages of Odysseus as he makes his way home after the Trojan War. Meanwhile his home has been overrun by suitors for his faithful wife. Not only is the Odyssey a great story, it is also foundational to understand many other great works of literature. Of the translations I’ve read (Fitzgerald, Mandelbaum and parts of Pope and Dryden) Fagels’ is by far my favorite. The introduction by Bernard Knox is also superb.

Jul 02, 2014

I prefer the robert Fagles translation if given a choice.

Jun 29, 2014

Fagles' translation attempts to reflect the contemporary vernacular the original Greek was written in, rather than seeking to elevate it to a more formal, "epic" tone. The effort is appreciated, but he does tone down a great deal of the more disturbing elements, and the "vernacular" can get downright "folksy".

pirates_class_of_2018 Sep 11, 2013

I cant wait to read this book this year for class #pirates

multcolib_hillsdale Nov 16, 2012

"The Odyssey is the tale of what happens to a great hero, Odysseus, after the apocalypse of Troy. The poem opens 10 years after the end of the war, when Odysseus is still trying to find his way home to Ithaca. The story shifts back and forth between Odysseus being cast adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure, and the efforts of his wife Penelope and son Telemachus to ward off violent suitors and keep their home together until Odysseus' return. Eventually Odysseus returns home in the guise of a beggar, and plots the deaths of the suitors who are destroying his house. The poem portrays a world very different from that of The Iliad, and a hero, Odysseus, who is very different than Achilles. The Odyssey focuses more on issues of cunning intelligence, justice, endurance, home, and family. It is the perfect counterpart to The Iliad, both reflecting and criticizing the values portrayed in the other poem." Annotation by Professor Walter Englert.

jwadlow Aug 22, 2012

This book is great for readers who love adventure.

View All Comments


Add Notices

May 30, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of scary stuff happens in The Odyssey -- it's a Greek epic poem after all...

May 30, 2017

Sexual Content: The Odyssey has sexual content!

May 30, 2017

Violence: The Odyssey has violence! (Especially chapter 22, when the suiters is killed, is very gruesome!)

May 30, 2017

Coarse Language: The suiters call mean insults to other people etc.


Add a Summary

Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

great adventure.

Aug 16, 2012

Leaving the war in Troy, Odysseus travels through many adventures on the sea as he tries to get home against Poseidon's will.

wooknight Apr 27, 2011

Starts with Odysseus in the clutches of Calypso and interestingly half the story is told in a flashback mode . Probably the first time that the flashback concept was ever used . This is the story of a man who is try to return home from the Trojan war and is unable to get home to his loyal wife and son because the gods constantly set obstacles in his path. One has to wonder if Homer intended to depict his gods as separate entities who were controlling human destinies or were they intended to be metaphorical i.e when Athena makes Odysseus look larger , is that hinting at the fact that Odysseus felt courage surging through his heart and hence looked larger than life or was Athena doing that . It seems that these issues crop up all over the Iliad as well as the Odyssey .


Add Age Suitability

May 30, 2017

Erika_W thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jun 29, 2014

obsidianlily thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number Find Series Titles and Similar Books With Novelist


Subject Headings


Find it at DBRL

To Top