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Iliad & The Odyssey, The (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) [Bonded Leather]

Homer , Michael Dirda , Samuel Butler
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7 Jun 2014 1435145380 978-1435145382
Homer's two epics of the ancient world, The Iliad & The Odyssey, tell stories as riveting today as when they were written between the eighth and ninth century B.C. The Iliad, which tells of the siege of Troy by the Greeks, is an unforgettable tale of nations at war and of the courage and compassion heroic soldiers show upon the field of battle. The Odyssey is the story of the Greek hero Odysseus and the many marvels and challenges he encounters during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War. This edition employs Samuel Butler's classic translations of both texts.

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  • Bonded Leather: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (7 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435145380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435145382
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,579 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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Ancient Greek poet Homer established the gold standard for heroic quests and sweeping journeys with his pair of classic epic poems, although very little is known about him. He has fascinated scholars for centuries and there is much disagreement about where he was from and when The Odyssey and The Iliad were written. There is no doubt, however, that these two poems form one of the foundations of Western literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 14 Jan 2011
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Really good quality, better than it looks in the picture. Bit heavy though so not great for bedtime reading or travelling. The literature itself is a pretty modern translation which makes it easier to read than some editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic buy 30 Dec 2011
By Yvonne
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This book will make a wonderful addition to my shelves of books. It is finished to a very high standard with gold edges to pages and looks very expensive. A very good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 11 April 2014
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Marvellous translation of this great, classic work accentuated by the beautiful book. I am very glad that I chose this copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to re-read the classics 16 Jun 2014
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This hardback is a weighty tomb to carry the e version on kindle is great, it makes it so much more accessible
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 14 Feb 2013
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Beautifully bound and a good read too, what more could you ask for?! This is how every book should feel and look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 13 Dec 2012
By AmyJane
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I ordered this book so I could recieve it at my acedemic prize giving, where it was going to be awarded to me for my high grade in Classical Civ. Therefore I wanted something with a bit of ceremony, when I came across this copy of Homer's epic poems I knew it was the one I wanted. It is now one of my favourite books, the cover is just gorgeus and the translation is very good. I love the fact that it is leatherbound and I know I will keep it forever. It is now pride of place on my bookshelf and I highly reccomend it to anyone who is passionate about classic literature!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iliad & The Odyssey 23 Aug 2012
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I bought this book as an 18th birthday present for my nephew. It is a beautiful good sized leather bound classic. My nephew was delighted and in awe of the quality of the cover and gold edged pages. Excellent buy, I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 29 Dec 2011
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Great book, superbly presented. Beautifully leather bound, top quality product. Content wise - obviously a classic. Vert impressed with the physical look & feel of the book itself too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. Needed for a study course.
Enjoyable.Needed for a study course.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs R
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I brought this as a gift for my son who loves works by Homer. He was so pleased with it. The bounding of this book is very nice and i think it was a worthwhile investment for him
Published 3 months ago by stephanie harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
Very high quality, amazing detail, lovely maps inside, the paper is thick and high standard, wonderful binding, gold edges are nice.
Published 4 months ago by HJ
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing
Because it refreshed the way I read it as a young boy in a war time school where teachers were in short supply due to the war and reading was encouraged.
Published 6 months ago by Pat Bevington
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift for my grandaughter. I have not seen it, but she says...
My granddaughter loves classics and she said that she really enjoyed the aroma of leather when she opened the book. I also gave her an antique copy of the Iliad in French.
Published 7 months ago by Arthur M.
5.0 out of 5 stars The ok that we all need to read
The epic history written by the Ellenic poet Homer back then when most of what we now call western civilization was still living in mud huts.
Published 7 months ago by ST
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Just bought this an am sooooooo pleased. I know it's just a book but it is truly beautiful. The two timeless classics are literally brought to life in this stunning hard back,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Humaira Kadri
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beautifull hardback book always wanted a english version of the illiad buy this love barnes and noble leather classics...recommend dracula from them also
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I have, as a lot of other readers, already read this book at least 6 to7 times. I love it! I was, and still am, thrilled when I saw it as a collectible book, when I received it I... Read more
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This product arrived on time ready for Christmas eve! It is an excellent quality product and I would recommend it.
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