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Book: The Odyssey (Homer)

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    • Homer (translated by Samuel Butler)
    • Poet at Ancient Greece

    The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other Homeric epic. The Odyssey is a fundamental work in the modern Western canon, being the oldest extant piece of Western literature, second to the Iliad. Scholars believe the Odyssey was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.

    Thumbnail: Ulysses and the Sirens 1891 (John William Waterhouse - via Wikipedia)

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