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Odyssey, book I (excerpt)

Glenn Maur / English 495 readings
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A . T . Murray ( 1919 )

Tell me , Muse , of the man of many devices , driven far astray after he had sacked the sacred citadel of Troy . Many were the men whose cities he saw and whose minds he learned , and many the woes he suffered in his heart upon the sea , seeking to win his own life and the return of his comrades . Yet even so he did not save his comrades , for all his desire , for through their own blind folly they perished fools , who devoured the cattle of Helios Hyperion ; whereupon he took from them the day of their returning . Of these things goddess , daughter of Zeus , beginning where you will , tell us in our turn .
Robert Fitzgerald ( 1960 )

Sing in me , Muse , and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending , the wanderer , harried for years on end , after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy . He saw the townlands and learned the minds of many distant men , and weathered many bitter nights and days in his deep heart at sea , while he fought only to save his life , to bring his shipmates home . But not by will nor valor could he save them , for their own recklessness destroyed them all children and fools , they killed and feasted on the cattle of Lord Helios , the Sun , and he who moves all day through heaven took from their eyes the dawn of their return . Of these adventures , Muse , daughter of Zeus , tell us in our time , lift the great song again .
Emily Wilson ( 2018 )

Tell me about a complicated man , Muse , tell me how he wandered and was lost when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy , and where he went , and who he met , the pain he suffered in the storms at sea , and how he worked to save his life and bring his men back home . He failed to keep them safe ; poor fools , they ate the Sun God’s cattle , and the god kept them from home . Now goddess , child of Zeus , tell the old story for our modern times . Find the beginning .

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Odyssey, book IV (excerpt)

Glenn Maur / English 495 readings
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A . T . Murray ( 1919 )

So Helen sat down upon the chair , and below was a footstool for the feet ; and at once she questioned her husband on each matter , and said : Do we know , Menelaus , fostered by Zeus , who these men declare themselves to be who have come to our house ? Shall I disguise my thought , or speak the truth ? My heart bids me speak . For never yet , I declare , saw I one so like another , whether man or woman amazement holds me , as I look as this man is like the son of great-hearted Odysseus , Telemachus , whom that warrior left a newborn child in his house when for the sake of shameless me you Achaeans came up under the walls of Troy , pondering in your hearts fierce war .
Robert Fitzgerald ( 1960 )

Reclining in her light chair with its footrest , Helen gazed at her husband and demanded : Menelaos , my lord , have we yet heard our new guests introduce themselves ? Shall I dissemble what I feel ? No , I must say it . Never , anywhere , have I seen so great a likeness in man or woman but it is truly strange ! This boy must be the son of Odysseus , Telemakhos , the child he left at home that year the Akhaian host made war on Troy daring all for the wanton that I was .
Emily Wilson ( 2018 )

She sat down and put her feet upon a stool , and asked her husband , who have arrived here in our house ? Shall I conceal my thoughts or speak ? I feel compelled to say , the sight of them amazes me . I never saw two people so alike as this boy and Telemachus , the son of spirited Odysseus , the child he left behind , a little newborn baby , the day the Greeks marched off to Troy , their minds fixated on the war and violence . They made my face the cause that hounded them .

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