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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715629581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715629581
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives.

He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time.

In The Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller's tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope.

We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact 'Homer' may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps 'the hostage' or 'the blind one'. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years' time.

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An excellent version... it may well prove the translation for this and the next generation.
Sir Roger Tomkys, Anglo-Hellenic Review

Martin Hammond's new version is clearly a labour of love and a wonderful achievement as it has none [of the faults of other versions] and although it is in prose, if read aloud the prose transforms itself into poetry. It is as close to the Greek as it is possible to get and keeps all the formulaic patterns so that the music of the original shines out and rings in the ear...It is instilled with magic Mediterranean light...I have now read it seven times and find I get more from each re-reading
William Cookson, AGENDA

Hammond's admirable translation..is remarkably successful in combining accuracy with a lively and highly readable style
A.F.Garvie, Classical Review

Hammond succeeds admirably in presenting a translation that is easy and enjoyable to read and faithful to Homer
D.M.Goldstein, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

This is a magnificent piece of work..I enjoyed reading [Hammond's] Odyssey enormously. It is more years than I care to think since I read the work from end to end. Hammond's translation moved me to do so within a day, and that is a tribute indeed. This is a first-class work which should give pleasure to both those who read Greek and those who do not - and deserves to attract many to read Homer for whom that is as yet a pleasure in store --Dr John Moore, Conference and Common Room

About the Author

Martin Hammond was Head of Classics and Master in College at Eton College. He was also Headmaster of City of London School, and Tonbridge School, Kent. His acclaimed translation of the Iliad was published by Penguin Classics.

Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics representthe beginning of the Western canon, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent translation, far better than the Penguin (tr. Rieu) that preceeded it. Helpful line numbering too makes it easy to find your place if using it with the Greek.
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By Ellie Tucker on 3 Oct. 2013
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This was an excellent copy of the book, a good translation and not dry at all; it reads like a perfectly good story rather than a completely literal translation.
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By easet15 on 3 July 2014
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I would recommend this book. I really enjoyed the read.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Belle on 4 Nov. 2011
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I was extremely impressed with this product, a second hand copy but no damage whatsoever; it appeared to be completely new.
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