Secondo dei poemi omerici, l’Odissea è uno dei testi fondanti della civiltà greca e dell’intera cultura occidentale. All’eroismo guerriero dell’Iliade, fa seguire la narrazione del nostos – il viaggio di ritorno a casa – di Odisseo, eroe versatile e temerario, forte di mille astuzie. Navigando verso Itaca, perdendo continuamente la strada a causa dell’ira degli dei, Odisseo si inoltra in un oltremondo fatto di oblio, pericoli e terribili prove. Quando infine torna a varcare la soglia del suo palazzo è un uomo diverso, padrone del proprio destino, capace di resistere ai colpi della sorte. Il viaggio di Odisseo diventa così simbolo di un’aspirazione all’oltre che non conosce tregua, dell’affrancamento dell’uomo dalle proprie paure.
- ISBN: 8811810140
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 400
Quite possibly one of my favourite books! It was this novel that ignited my love for Greek and Roman mythology and antiquity - leading me to choose a degree in Classical Civilisations. I always look back on The Odyssey with fondness - I love all the monsters he faces and the gods who involve themselve Leggi tutto
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So my first “non-school related" experience with Homer’s classic tale, and my most powerful impression, beyond the overall splendor of the story, was... HOLY SHIT SNACKS these Greeks were a violent bunch. Case in point: ...they hauled him out through the doorway into the court, lopped his nose and Leggi tutto
I have read The Odyssey three times. The first was not really a read but more of a listen in the true oral tradition. During embroidery class one of us, young girls on the verge of entering the teens, would read a passage while the rest were all busy with our eyes and fingers, our needles and thread Leggi tutto
Ever since I first read Homer’s epic describing the adventures of Odysseus back in my school days, three of those adventures fired my imagination: The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops and the Sirens, most especially the Sirens. I just did revisit these sections of this Greek epic and my imagination was set Leggi tutto
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Οδύσσεια = The Odyssey, Homer The Odyssey begins after the end of the ten-year Trojan War (the subject of the Iliad), and Odysseus has still not returned home from the war because he angered the god Poseidon. Odysseus' son Telemachus is about 20 years old and is sharing his absent father's house on Leggi tutto
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It's impossible not to smile when you start reading such a classic and, after only the first few pages, you realize and completely understand why it's regarded as one of the most important works in literature. I'm always a little anxious when I tackle such important and renowned books for being afra Leggi tutto
I first read Homer in the 19th-century French translation by Leconte de Lisle — the equivalent, say, of the 18th-century translation into English by Alexander Pope : a pompous, archaic and exhausting bore of a book. I kept my chin up and, after a while, tried another inflated Frenchman: the 1955 tran Leggi tutto
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