Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey

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"Ah how shameless – the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share.” – The Odyssey

Experience the stunning Greek poetry of Homer in this collection of his two major works: The Iliad and The Odyssey. These epic poems are beloved for their presentation of Greek history and belief systems, their strong theming and lessons on Greek virtues, and their continued influence on the literary canon.

The Iliad

In the final days of the long-fought Trojan War, the Greek gods begin to interfere with the events of the war. When plagues strike the Achaean army, the fierce leader Achilles uses his connections with the gods to further interfere, which begins a series of events that leads to death and destruction on both sides of the war. This dramatic poem is a commentary on human folly and hubris, while also an in-depth explanation of the warfare styles of the time and a representation of the Greek views on the interference of gods in major historical events.

The Odyssey

Following the events of The Iliad, Odysseus begins a journey to return to his home of Ithaca after being away for a decade due to angering Poseidon, the god of the sea. After sneaking away from Poseidon, he embarks on a years-long voyage home during which he is captured and circumvented by earthly and godly foes alike. His journey home is slow and full of turmoil and adventure. Themes in this poem include hospitality, predetermined fate and omens, journeying home, and wandering as a test of faith and resilience.


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