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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential learning tool, 12 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Homer's "Odyssey": A Companion to the English Translation of Richmond Lattimore (Classics companions) (Paperback)
This is a highly readable and informative book-by-book, line-by-line description of the Odyssey. Without doubt, it gives enormous depth and colour and of course background to the whole construction of this epic.

It is tied in effect to Richmond Lattimore's magnificent translation and I personally found this the most rewarding of all the translations I have read.

Each book of the Odyssey has it's own chapter in Prof. Jones' book and has an overview of what to expect and look out for. This is followed by a detailed explanation of lines that need clarification, expanding on the translation etc.

It explains Greek rites and customs, so in reality this book can be used by non-specialists as there is little technical jargon. But the student of classics will find it indispensible.

Well worth the expense - I now look at the Odyssey in a very much different light.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion to the Lattimore's translation, 20 Aug 2003
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This review is from: Homer's "Odyssey": A Companion to the English Translation of Richmond Lattimore (Classics companions) (Paperback)
This is essential to anyone wanting to study or understand Lattimore's (or any) translation of the "Odyssey" deeper. Useful for understanding the traditions behind the writing of the original.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reader not the origional, 22 Jun 2002
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This is a 'reader' and not the origional text! So don't be mislead by the previous comment. It is a good companion to Lattimore's translation, which is itself probably one of the best. Though at time of writing the translation appears not to be immediately available.
Get both if you wish to study The Odyssey but can not read Classical Greek. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to have as you read through the Odyssey, 31 July 2014
This review is from: Homer's "Odyssey": A Companion to the English Translation of Richmond Lattimore (Classics companions) (Paperback)
A great book to have as you read through the Odyssey. Filled with lots of little detail and explanations it helps guide you through the world of Homer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Text Book, 3 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Homer's "Odyssey": A Companion to the English Translation of Richmond Lattimore (Classics companions) (Paperback)
Bought for my University Course and is exactly what I wanted. Not read as yet as going through it in my seminars.
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8 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp, Deceit and Adventure in Ancient Greece, 3 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Homer's "Odyssey": A Companion to the English Translation of Richmond Lattimore (Classics companions) (Paperback)
I had to read this book for my degree so with a sense of dread I embarked on this epic tale. To my sheer delight and amazement I found it to be wholly absorbing and utterly enjoyable. Melodrama abounds, giants are defeated, Gods invoked and rough seas are crossed on planks for days at a time - no mean feat but for Odysseus it is all in a days work. All in all one of the best tales I have ever read!! Get over the fact it is a greek translation and incredibly long and enjoy!!
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