The Odyssey

by Homer

In Brief

An ancient Greek epic that tells of the cunning hero Odysseus' adventures as he struggles to return home after ten years of war. On his journey, Odysseus faces barbaric monsters, supernatural forces, seductive goddesses and vengeful gods, battles, treachery, shipwrecks and magic, enduring all in his unfaltering quest to reach home and family once more.

Why you should read it

This is one of the earliest works of western literature, influencing storytelling for millenia. Not only does it provide a wonderful glimpse into the lives and myths of the ancient Greeks, it is also a highly enjoyable read. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest stories ever told.

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