Homer: The Odyssey

Homer: The Odyssey

by Lee Austin Thompson (Translator)

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Overview

When I first read the Odyssey, I felt I was there in a Mycenaean palace bound in silent enchantment as the bard sang the tale, listening to the rhythmic chanting and lyre, while torches flickered in the smoke-filled, shadowy halls.

Now, having read it multiple times in Greek, I feel I have finally been initiated into an ancient bardic ritual, a performance of the Odyssey at first hand within my own imagination. A desire to share this wonder and enchantment drove me to translate this poem, a deeply painful and personal account of a hero’s suffering and endurance.

The Odyssey is one of the two surviving tales sung by the ancient bards in the palaces of the great lords during the dark ages of ancient Hellas (Greece) after the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization. As bardic performances they were sung by generation after generation of bards and in the process were honed into arguably the finest poetry Western civilization has produced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732566613
Publisher: Gavidia Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/25/2019
Pages: 486
Sales rank: 879,642
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Santa Fe based writer Lee Austin Thompson is a poet, Information Technology specialist, Flamenco and classical guitarist and world traveler. His lifelong love for classical Greek epics led him to create this verse translation of one of the monumental works of Western culture. He has a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MA in Educational Technologies from San Francisco State University. He lives on a ridgetop in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and three Burmese cats where he is currently working on a collection of his poetry.

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