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The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems created by Homer, probably the first and the greatest of Greek epic poets. It is assumed that The Odyssey was written near the end of the 8th century BC. The poem is fundamental to the modern western church. It is the second oldest present western literary work after Iliad.
The poem primarily tells about the Greek hero named Odysseus (known in Roman myths as Ulysses) and his journey home after the Fall of Troy. He spends ten years to get to Ithaca after Trojan War. It was assumed that he has died in his absence. His wife Penelope and Son Telemachus had to deal with the group of naughty admirers, who wanted to cunquer Penelope’s hand in marriage.
The poem was translated into many languages around the world and was written in a poetic dialect of Greek, comprises 12100 lines of dactylic hexameter.
British actor Stevens of Downton Abbey fame brings Homer's epic poem to life with this well-executed reading of the classic tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his 10-year journey home. When Odysseus is presumed dead after the Trojan War, his wife, Penelope, is awash with suitors looking to court her and in turn take over the land. While Penelope stalls the persistent suitors, her husband is cursed to wander the seas encountering all manner of mythical beings and even the gods, who all play their part in helping, or mostly hindering, the hero in his quest to find home. Stevens, with a cool, unmannered delivery, brings a modern vocal interpretation to his performance, making this ancient poem engaging to the modern ear and easy to listen to. With his relaxed reading, Stevens proves that this classic poem is definitely not some dry, dusty work of ancient history, but a vibrant exciting story that, like the best tales of adventure, works best when read aloud, as scholars contend it was intended. A Farrar, Straus and Giroux paperback.