The Odyssey

(Translated by Samuel Butler)

Cover image for

Download


Author: Homer
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 129,443 / 343 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.2
LoC Category: PA
Downloads: 31,581
mnybks.net#: 3612
Origin: gutenberg.org

This ancient Greek epic poem centers on the hero Odysseus (or Ulysses, as he was known in Roman myths) and his long journey home following the fall of Troy. In the ten years it takes him to reach Ithaca his family assumes he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.

Show Excerpt

The Odyssey

Book I

THE GODS IN COUNCIL--MIVERVA'S VISIT TO ITHACA--THE CHALLENGE FROM TELEMACHUS TO THE SUITORS.

Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home; but do what he might he could not save his men, for they perished through their own sheer folly in eating the cattle of the Sun-god Hyperion; so the god prevented them from ever reaching home. Tell me, too, about all these things, oh daughter of Jove, from whatsoever source you may know them.

So now all who escaped death in battle or by shipwreck had got safely home except Ulysses, and he, though he was longing to return to his wife and country, was detained by the goddess Calypso, who had got him into a large cave and wanted to marry him. But as years went

Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2015.07.18
AZ
*****

One of the worlds 15 greatest poems!
Butler's is a fine older translation.

2014.03.29
Kevin
***..

The tale of Odysseus' journeys. What can one say about a classic?

This translation uses the Roman names for gods and goddesses


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Odyssey by Homer - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for The Odyssey by Homer - Free eBook

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for The Odyssey by Homer - Free eBook

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for The Odyssey by Homer - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for The Odyssey by Homer - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for The Odyssey by Homer - Free eBook

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Republic
by Plato
Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
The Odyssey
by Homer
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
Les MisÚrables
by Victor Hugo
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
The Poetics
by Aristotle
The Aeneid
by Virgil
The Antiquities of the Jews
by Flavius Josephus

See more popular titles from this genre.