What is the best translation of the Odyssey?

Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets.

How many Odyssey books are there?

24 books
The Odyssey is an epic poem in 24 books traditionally attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer. The poem is the story of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, who wanders for 10 years (although the action of the poem covers only the final six weeks) trying to get home after the Trojan War.

What is the original Odyssey book?

As with the Iliad, the poem is divided into 24 books. It follows the Greek hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the Trojan War….

15th-century manuscript of Book I written by scribe John Rhosos (British Museum)
Written c. 8th century BCE
Language Homeric Greek
Genre(s) Epic poetry

Should I read the Iliad or the Odyssey first?

In greek schools , Odyssey is the first epic to be teached as it’s “fairytale” style makes it less complex and more entertaining. The Iliad is a war epic full of passion and violence as Homer was still young by the time he composed it. If you want to have a chronological flow in your reading , Iliad is the way to go.

What is the easiest translation of The Odyssey to read?

4. The Odyssey (Puffin Classics) by Geraldine McCaughrean is a good choice for middle readers who just want the narrative with no frills in an inexpensive condensed version. This one is just over a hundred pages, with easy-to-read language that gives students a good introduction to the epic in a non-epic format.

Is the Iliad hard to read?

Since the Iliad has been translated into modern English, people often find it surprisingly easy to read. Look for a translation that includes footnotes, a glossary, and other helpful features that may help to make the reading process even easier for you.

Is the Iliad and Odyssey the same?

In the simplest terms, The Odyssey is considered a sort of sequel to The Iliad. Both epics consist of 24 books and revolve around a specific time during a much larger event. Clearly, the Trojan War, and everything leading up to it, was a much larger story than the events contained in The Iliad.

Is there a simplified version of The Odyssey?

Odyssey Abridged PDF This abridged version of Homer’s Odyssey has been prepared by Ian Johnston of Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, from his translation of the complete poem (available at Odyssey, Table of Contents). This abridged translation is about forty percent of the original poem.