The Odyssey
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814268 / 155481426X
  • 246 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Odyssey


  • Publication Date: December 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814268 / 155481426X
  • 246 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This new edition of Homer’s epic poem is designed with the needs of undergraduate students in mind. The selections, totaling almost half of the full work, include all the most famous and most frequently taught episodes. The edition features numerous explanatory footnotes, a wide-ranging introduction, and a range of background materials that help set Homer’s classic in its historical and literary context.


  • The Gods
  • Odysseus
  • A Note on Poetic Form and on the Translation


The Odyssey

  • Book One: Athena Visits Ithaca
  • Book Two: Telemachus Prepares for His Voyage
  • Book Three: Telemachus Visits Nestor in Pylos
  • Book Four: The Suitors Plan to Kill Telemachus
  • Book Five: Odysseus Leaves Calypso’s Island
  • Book Six: Odysseus and Nausicaa
  • Book Seven: Odysseus at the Court of Alcinous in Phaeacia
  • Book Eight: Odysseus is Entertained in Phaeacia
  • Book Nine: Ismarus, the Lotus Eaters, and the Cyclops
  • Book Ten: Aeolus, the Laestrygonians, and Circe
  • Book Eleven: Odysseus Meets the Shades of the Dead
  • Book Twelve: The Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, the Cattle of the Sun
  • Book Thirteen: Odysseus Leaves Phaeacia and Reaches Ithaca
  • Book Fourteen: Odysseus Meets Eumaeus
  • Book Fifteen: Telemachus Returns to Ithaca
  • Book Sixteen: Odysseus Reveals Himself to Telemachus
  • Book Seventeen: Odysseus Goes to the Palace as a Beggar
  • Book Eighteen: Odysseus and Irus the Beggar
  • Book Nineteen: Eurycleia Recognizes Odysseus
  • Book Twenty: Odysseus Prepares for his Revenge
  • Book Twenty-One: The Contest with Odysseus’s Bow
  • Book Twenty-Two: The Killing of the Suitors
  • Book Twenty-Three: Odysseus and Penelope
  • Book Twenty-Four: Zeus and Athena End the Fighting

In Context

  • Literary Contexts
    • from Xenophanes, Fragments (c. fifth century bce)
    • from Pindar, Nemean 7 (c. fifth century bce)
    • from Plato, The Republic (c. 380 bce)
    • from Aristotle, Poetics (c. 335 bce)
    • from Longinus?, On the Sublime (c. 1st century ce)
    • from Demetrius?, On Style (c. 1st century ce)
  • The Odyssey in Ancient Art
  • Maps
  • Glossary

Ian Johnston’s other books include an acclaimed translation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. Now retired, Johnston was for many years a professor at Vancouver Island University.