"The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" are two of the oldest works of Western literature--yet these ancient myths still offer powerful lessons for our times. From the fascinating fall of Troy to Odysseus's perilous journey home, from the gods and goddesses to the Sirens and the suitors, the events and characters of these epic tales captivate us, teach us, and inspire us. Their influence can be seen far and wide, from James Joyce's "Ulysses" to the movie sensation "Troy, " starring Brad Pitt. Whether you've read Homer's original stories or you've only enjoyed their modern-day descendants, you'll love this Canterbury Classics edition of "Iliad and Odyssey." The perfect book to complete any bookshelf, "Iliad and Odyssey" features an eye-catching leather-bound cover with gold foil stamping, as well as fine ivory paper with gilded edges. You'll be moved by these magical works, and then delight in displaying this beautiful book in your home. A classic keepsake for fans of Greek mythology, as well as all great literature, "Iliad and Odyssey" is the perfect addition to any library. Lexile score: 1290L
Homer is a legendary ancient Greek poet, traditionally said to be the author of the two great epics of Greek history: the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey." Both books are considered landmarks in human literature, and Homer is therefore often cited as the starting point of Western literary and historical tradition. Stephanie L. Budin earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Camden, NJ.