Homer: The Odyssey (Paperback)
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Short Description for Homer: The Odyssey This handy guide will introduce students to a text that has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years.
- Published: 10 November 2003
- Format: Paperback 112 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521539784 ISBN 10: 0521539781
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Full description for Homer: The Odyssey
This handy guide to The Odyssey will introduce students to a text, which has been fundamental to literature for nearly 3000 years. Readers will be introduced to the world in that the Odyssey was produced, to the text itself and to its origins in oral poetry. This volume gives a summary of the poem and examines its structure. The unity, values and techniques of the poem are clearly outlined, as are the reasons for its longstanding appeal. This guide delves into the diverse world of the story; that of monsters, gods, and enchantresses which interacts with the very different world of the home, marriage and the family. Students will be introduced to the essential themes of loyalty and betrayal, and guided through the narrative of Odysseus' adventures, which also illustrate the workings of the world and the justice of heaven. Readers will also find a very helpful guide to further reading.