Reading this masterpiece by Homer was enhanced by the eloquent teaching of Professor Elizabeth Vandiver in her 12-lecture Great Courses DVD set called "The Odyssey of Homer", available through VPL. Professor Vandiver writes in her booklet that Richmond Lattimore is her preferred translator of "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad", even though she admires two other translators, Robert Fagles, and Robert Fitzgerald. (I really enjoyed the Robert Fagles translation.) It was pure pleasure to read this epic poem for the first time and I can see myself reading it again. "The Odyssey" was never presented to me in my school years as a possibility to read, so it is true that it's never too late to learn! Happiness is reading Homer! I highly recommend VPL's material for "The Iliad by Homer" translated by Robert Fagles, plus Professor Vandiver's Great Courses DVD set, and CD audiobook read by Derek Jacobi.

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