Year/Century: 19th century
Description: HOMER: The Odyssey. Homere translated into French by Madame Dacier. Libraire de la cour, Paris, Saintin, 1817; 3 volumes: CLXX,(2),296; 319,(1); 292 p. Original uniformed calf with gilded spine; three distinct engraved frontispieces; fifteen plates bound at the end of volume 3; each with one to four explanatory text pages Small size: 2.5 by 4"; top pastedowns have the same bookplate. In good shape, some wear
The two epic poems that form the cornerstone of classical Greek literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are credited to the fabled author Homer. He is considered to be among the best and most significant writers in history. For instance, Virgil calls Homer "Poet sovereign," the "king of all poets," in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and Alexander Pope notes in the introduction to his translation of the Iliad that Homer has always been regarded as the "greatest of poets." The ten-year siege of Troy by a coalition of Mycenaean Greek states provides the backdrop for the Iliad, which takes place during the Trojan War. It centers on a few-week-long argument between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles in the final year of the conflict. The Odyssey centers on Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, and his ten-year journey home following Troy's fall.
Greek education and culture were greatly influenced by the Homeric epics. All that Homer "has taught Greece" was, in Plato's opinion. Western civilization has been greatly influenced by the Homeric epic from antiquity to the present, drawing inspiration from it for many of its most well-known literary, musical, artistic, and cinematic creations.
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