a New Translation by Emily Wilson
It is Western civilization’s oldest literary work. Homer’s Odyssey has thrilled, challenged, and entertained for nearly three thousand years. The thrilling epic of Odysseus’s return to his native Ithaca at the end of the Trojan War has been translated thousands of times into hundreds of languages. Now, for the first time, Homer’s Odyssey has been translated into English by a woman. Written in poetic verse with the same number of lines as Homer’s original poem, Wilson's Odyssey has been described as “a lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.” Join the National Hellenic Museum Bookclub as we explore not only Homer’s timeless tale, but the art of translation
and its very timely concerns.