Odysseus: A Life


      Odysseus: A Life
From an acclaimed classicist comes a witty, unusual, and fascinating biography of Homer s fictional Bronze Age hero, Odysseus Everyone knows something about Odysseus how he defeated the Trojans in a surprise attack with a massive wooden horse, wandered the Mediterranean seas for years trying to get home, confronted the Cyclops, and killed the suitors of his faithful wife Penelope back at his Ithaca palace Odysseus turns up everywhere Homer s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey, Tennyson s poem Ulysses the Roman name for Odysseus , Constantine Cavafy s Ithaca, and Even the Coen brothers based a film, O Brother Where Art Thou, on his voyage But no one has chronicled Odysseus life from start to finish until now In this entertaining biography, Charles Beye fills out the story of this extraordinary figure, at the same time portraying Odysseus evolution through the course of a strange and adventuresome life, at times so remote, at times so immediate in the contemporary perspective. Best Read eBook Odysseus: A Life author Charles Rowan Beye – tbjewellers.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Odysseus: A Life
  • Charles Rowan Beye
  • English
  • 15 September 2018
  • 1401300243

10 thoughts on “ Odysseus: A Life

  1. says:

    In what is basically a faux biography of the Homeric hero Odysseus, this book is a fun, clever little exercise, but severely lacking in multiple ways For starters, Beye does a really shabby job of integratingThe Iliad and The Odyssey, choosing to portray the latter as essentially the figment of fevered minds or some such In fact, all of Beye s explanations for the fantastic events of these stories are really flimsy, and miss the most credible means of explanation Also, when faced with In what is basically a faux biography of the Homeric hero Odysseus, this book is a fun, clever little exercise, but severely lacking in multiple ways For starters, Beye does a really shabby job of integratingThe Iliad and The Odyssey, choosing to portray the latter as essentially the figment of fevered minds or some such In fact, all of Beye s explanations for the fantastic events of these stories are really flimsy, and miss the most credible means of explanation Also, when fac...

  2. says:

    It feels somewhat wrong to give the same number of stars to this book as The Iliad and The Odyssey however, I ve done just that because Beye has made Odysseus extremely accessible without this book being overly scholarly, and thus, overly dry The style of the work is good and reconstructs Odysseus life and times that a neophyte Greek historian like myself can digest I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to understand either of Homer s works a littleclearly I had just finished It feels somewha...

  3. says:

    Really interesting format Ties together stories about Odysseus into one comprehensive story without getting into too many details about the sources Has a very informal feel Good read if you like Odysseus Has some interesting insights and is very readable.

  4. says:

    How do you write a biography of a hero like Odysseus or Beowulf or Abraham, for that matter Beye uses the few ancient sources we have, and intermingles some of his own cultural and psychological insights to fill in some of the gaps of the Odysseus saga.Having taught The Odyssey dozens of times to my 9th grade students, I felt that a lot of the ground wasn t new I wish there had beenof a focus connecting saga to archaeology, psychological insights, religion, etc.Beye was also hamstrung How do you write a biography of a hero like Odysseus or Beowulf or Abraham, for that matter Beye uses the few ancient sources we have, and intermingles some of his own cultural and psychological insights to fill in some of the gaps of the Odysseus saga.Having taught The Odyssey dozens of times to my 9th grade students, I felt that a lot of the ground wasn t new I wish there had beenof a focus connecting saga to archaeology, psychological insights, religion, etc.Beye was also hamstrung by the messiness of Odysseus s ending one reason why I never teach Book 24 in my classes The fact is that Odysseus and Penelope don t live happily ever after there is a dawn after their long, passionate reunion, and that dawn finds many of the leading families of Ithaca displeased by Odysseus s wholesale slaughter of their sons, the Suitors Beye provides a number of suspected endings to Odysseus s life, including his own best guess This is ...

  5. says:

    Written as a biography, this 2004 book looks at the fictional character Odysseus, using a variety of sources such as The Iliad, The Odyssey, several plays of Sophocles, other ancient Greek epic tales, and background on Bronze Age Greece Charles Rowan Beye is a professor of Classics at City Universi...

  6. says:

    clever book written in style that mixes scholarly speech with apt and prosy storytelling, Beye revives Odysseus s tale in unexpected and interesting ways.his insights are interesting and funny and sometimes even ...

  7. says:

    This is a creative attempt at a biography of this heroic, and likely fictional, character There were some indulgences that Beye took in his narrative descriptions of Odysseus adventures However, the author used actual Greek hi...

  8. says:

    What do you call a biography of a possibly fictional character Fiction Non fiction I ve gone with non fiction, because this isn t a novel or a story This book covers Odysseus entire life, from birth right through the Trojan War and his wandering...

  9. says:

    Having read The Odyssey so young 4th or 5th grade , I thought maybe I should give it a try again to see what I missed I just read this book instead, but have to say that I didn t miss anything I get that Odysseus went on an epic voyage, but it just doesn t interest me Sorry.

  10. says:

    ok so maybe it was because I was sailing in the greek isles at the time, but I thought this book was really entertaining and droll I almost had to re read the odyssey but I resisted.

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