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The Odyssey

The Odyssey


The Odyssey of Homer

A Southern African Translation
by Richard Whitaker

A thrilling new translation of The Odyssey.

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.

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 the influence of the Classics on twentieth-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.

ISBN 978-1-874915-28-7

Additional information

Weight 650 g
Dimensions 20.9 x 14.7 x 0.37 cm


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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, Getaway

Acclaim for “The Iliad of Homer: A Southern African Translation “:

“Works quite brilliantly.”

~ Stephen Watson

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

~ Simon Barber, Wall Street Journal

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