ISBN 9781874915287
Pages 534
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2017
Publisher African Sun Press, South Africa
Format Paperback

The Odyssey of Homer

A Southern African Translation

by Richard Whitaker

The Odyssey, Homer’s great epic, tells the tale of the Greek hero, Odysseus, Chief of Ithaka, one of the most versatile and fascinating characters in literature. Odysseus returns to his wife and son in Ithaka after the fall of Troy, and avenges himself on enemy suitors who have invaded his homestead. His journey back takes him ten years, in which time he encounters cannibal monsters, mysterious divine beings and amorous goddesses. This new translation, with its generous African texturing, will delight lovers of poetry and students of the Classics alike.

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“The Odyssey is one of the world’s greatest travel stories. It began the genre of travel-writing and has defined it ever since. This African translation is magnificent.

Don Pinnock, former editor of Getaway

“This is a great translation, finish and klaar!”

Simon Barber, Wall Street Journal
About the Author

Richard Whitaker

Richard Whitaker studied Classics (Greek and Latin) at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Oxford and St Andrews. He is now Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Cape Town. He has published extensively on Roman love poetry, oral poetry, and its influence of the classic on century literature, and has translated books from Latin and French. He has also published travel books on South Africa with AA Travel (UK) and National Geographic, and is currently a Contributing Editor of the poetry quarterly Stanzas.