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The Odyssey
written by Homer
The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BCE. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy.



Excerpted from Odyssey on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



Herbert Bates

The Odyssey of Homer: translated by Herbert Bates (1929).

TELL ME THE TALE, MUSE, OF THAT MAN

OF MANY CHANGES, HE WHO WENT
WANDERING SO FAR WHEN HE HAD PLUNDERED
Troy’s sacred citadel. And many
The men whose cities he beheld,
Whose minds he learned to know, and many
The sorrows that his soul endured
Upon the deep the while he strove
To save himself from death and bring
His comrades home.
                                Of these things now,
Daughter of Zeus, O goddess, tell us,
Even as thou wilt, the tale.

                                         [...]

T. E. Lawrence

The Odyssey of Homer: Translated by T. E. Shaw (Colonel T. E. Lawrence) (1932).

                    O DIVINE POESY

          GODDESS-DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
                    SUSTAIN FOR ME
  THIS SONG OF THE VARIOUS-MINDED MAN
      WHO AFTER HE HAD PLUNDERED
THE INNERMOST CITADEL OF HALLOWED TROY
      WAS MADE TO STRAY GRIEVOUSLY
            ABOUT THE COASTS OF MEN
THE SPORT OF THEIR CUSTOMS GOOD OR BAD
                  WHILE HIS HEART
     THROUGH ALL THE SEA-FARING
  ACHED IN AN AGONY TO REDEEM HIMSELF

AND BRING HIS COMPANY SAFE HOME
            VAIN HOPE—FOR THEM

  FOR HIS FELLOWS HE STROVE IN VAIN
THEIR OWN WITLESSNESS CAST THEM AWAY
                THE FOOLS
    TO DESTROY FOR MEAT
  THE OXEN OF THE MOST EXALTED SUN
WHEREFORE THE SUN-GOD BLOTTED OUT

      THE DAY OF THEIR RETURN
     MAKE THE TALE LIVE FOR US

      IN ALL ITS MANY BEARINGS

                O MUSE
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