Author(s): Homer; Emily Wilson (Translator)
The Odyssey is a poem mainly focuses on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed Odysseus has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres (Greek) or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.
"Wilson's approach has been to translate the text in a way that resonates with today's politics. Her translation, spare and provocative, will engage a new generation of students." -- Times Literary Supplement "The joy of Homer is precisely the generosity and suppleness of the material, the fact that it resists being read in a single way. That's why a new kind of guide through his wild landscapes, across his wine-dark seas, is to be welcomed." -- The Guardian
Emily Wilson is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004) and The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007), as well as the translator of Six Tragedies of Seneca (2010).