The Story of the Odyssey
Here Stephen Tracy offers a vivid, fast-paced narrative thatserves as a reading guide to Homer's monumental epic. He not onlyprovides translations of key passages and traces the evolution ofmajor themes in the Odyssey, but also helps new readers tounderstand the artistry of one of the best tales ever told. Aimedat advanced readers as well, this book stresses an appreciation ofhow Homer has ordered his narrative, covering such topics ascharacter interaction, family relationships, elements of poeticlanguage, and the symbolic treatment of death, rebirth, growth, andknowledge. Given the controversy over the way the Odyssey wascomposed and handed down, Tracy concentrates on presenting the poemas a highly unified work. His analysis of the narrative structurereveals the epic to be arranged as a series of parallel journeys.The journey, seen here as a symbol of growth and self-knowledge, isamong the major themes discussed in detail, along with theimportance of women as overseers of life's journeys and the needfor the sons of heroes to grow up worthy of their fathers.