The Odyssey is one of the world's greatest and best-loved poems. It has survived for twenty-eight centuries, through upheavals that have wiped out most of what was written in the ancient world. Now Barry B. Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a powerful new translation.
Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of Homer's Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language. Accessible, poetic, and accurate, this translation is an excellent fit for today's students. Powell exposes them to all of the
adventure, cunning, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Odyssey.
Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for thirty-four years.
Introduction ; Book 1: Telemachos in Ithaca ; Book 2: Telemachos Calls an Assembly ; Book 3: Telemachos in Pylos ; Book 4: Telemachos in Sparta ; Book 5: Odysseus and Kalypso ; Book 6: Odysseus and Nausicaa ; Book 7: Odysseus in the Phaeacian Court ; Book 8: The Stranger in Town ; Book 9: Odysseus in the Cave of Cyclops ; Book 10: Odysseus and Kirke ; Book 11: Odysseus in the Underworld ; Book 12: Odysseus on the Island of the Sun ; Book 13: Home at Last ; Book 14: Odysseus in the Pig Herder's Hut ; Book 15: The Pig Herder's Tale ; Book 16: Father and Son ; Book 17: The Faithful Dog Argos ; Book 18: Presents from the Suitors ; Book 19: Odysseus' Scar ; Book 20: A Vision of Doom ; Book 21: The Contest of the Bow ; Book 22: The Slaughter of the Suitors ; Book 23: Husband and Wife ; Book 24: Father and Son