La Odisea

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Ediciones AKAL, Nov 5, 1998 - 384 pages
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Muchos han oído hablar de la Odisea junto a la Ilíada , como uno de los dos poemas más importantes de la antigua Grecia, texto inaugural de algunos de los más viejos mitos de nuestra cultura. Pero muy pocos saben que además de su extraordinaria calidad poética, este libro es el viaje más fascinante, la más arriesgada aventura, la peripecia más novelesca que se haya escrito hasta nuestros días.
 

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La Odisea es un poema épico, que originalmente consta de unos 10.000 versos divididos en 24 cantos.Homero, el rapsoda griego, fue quien recitó las hazañas de un joven ”fecundo en ardides” llamado Odiseo sintetizando el mundo clásico de los griegos, su mitología y costumbres. El libro narra el regreso de Ulises, el héroe griego (también llamado Odiseo) de la guerra de Troya, teniendo que enfrentar aventuras con deidades y monstruos mitológicos. Durante su ausencia, un grupo de pretendientes de su esposa Penélope está acabando con sus bienes y reino. 

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Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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