I haven’t quite started reading the Odyssey yet, but I started with the introduction. The translation I will be reading is by Samuel Butler, and the introduction is his as well. Now, apparently mr. Butler caused quite a stir back in the 20s… by suggesting the Odyssey was in fact written by a young woman. (I can just hear those ‘gasps of shock and horror’ through the time vortex haha)
I went and picked up Butler’s The Authoress of the Odyssey at the library to dig into this idea more. You can also read the book here if you’re interested!
Despite the controversy, Butler’s translation seems to be reasonably well regarded. He translated the Odyssey into prose, but seemed to have kept a poetic vibe in his translation. But definitely not the usual go-to translation, like Fitzgerald or Fagles… We’ll see if I’m going to regret this or not 😉
I can’t wait to get started!
On another note: As I picked up the book, I was wondering: what should I really read first?The Illiad or The Odyssey? Reading them in that order would be chronologically correct, but the Odyssey seems to be the more accessible epic. One way or another, I plan to definitely read the Illiad sometime in the future 🙂