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Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography
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Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography

Written by Alberto Manguel

Narrated by Michael Prichard

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About this audiobook

No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature. The Iliad and the Odyssey-with their incomparable tales of the Trojan War, Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the beautiful Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods-are familiar to most people because they are so pervasive. They have fed our imaginations for over two and a half millennia, inspiring everyone from Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, Dante to Wolfgang Petersen. In this graceful and sweeping addition to the Books that Changed the World series, Alberto Manguel traces the lineage of these epic poems. He considers their original purpose, either as allegory or record of history; surveys the challenges the pagan poems presented to the early Christian world; and traces their spread after the Reformation. Following Homer through the greatest literature ever created, Manguel's book above all delights in the poems themselves, the "primordial spring without which there would have been no culture."
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateFeb 5, 2008
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography

Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel is internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist and editor, and is the author of several award-winning books including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places, A History of Reading and The Library at Night, and the novels News from a Foreign Country Came and All Men Are Liars. He was born in Buenos Aires and became a Canadian citizen in 1982. Manguel was named a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, and is currently the director of the National Library of Argentina.

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