What grade do you read the Odyssey?

Asked By: Ursicinio Antyuganov | Last Updated: 10th April, 2020
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DD read the Iliad in 6th grade and the Odyssey in 7th grade.

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Beside this, what grade level is the Odyssey?

The Odyssey

Dewey 741.5
Reading Level Grades 2-3
Interest Level Grades 5-9
Lexile Level GN520L
ATOS Level 3.7

Also, is the Odyssey easy to read? The Odyssey is not a difficult book to read when it is translated into English! Because we translate the text into modern English it can be a lot easier to read than Shakespeare! Because we translate the text into modern English it can be a lot easier to read than Shakespeare!

Also, should I read Odyssey or Iliad first?

The Iliad is the earlier work (it was written first) [1]. Also the events in the Odyssey are a direct consequence of what happens in the Iliad and the reader of the Odyssey is assumed to know the summary of the plot in the Iliad and who the main characters are. So it would come natural to read the Iliad first.

Which version of the Odyssey is best?

Generally speaking, the best and closest to the original in meter is Richard Lattimore's translation of the Iliad & the Odyssey.

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How old is the Odyssey?

The Odyssey, attributed to Homer, is commonly dated to around 800 BC, written on the author's home Iona, now the oceanside coast of Turkey. Interestingly, there are some who feel that the story actually comes from around 1170. That's almost 400 years older than previously thought.

Why is the odyssey a classic?

Revenge, hubris, and other themes, and the relation of this book to modern life, classifies the poem The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Fitzgerald, as a classic. The reason Odysseus kills the suitors is to avenge their plunder of his abode. Odysseus kills Antinoos first since he was the leader of the suitors.

Why The Odyssey is a good book?

It's an essential book for students of literature and students of Greek history and culture. Because the book recounts not only Odysseus' tumultuous journey home and his son Telemakhos' coming of age but also tales of Odysseus' bravery in the Trojan War, it includes a good deal of violence.

How many pages is the Odyssey?

The answer depends on the format, translation, and edition. A rough glance through Amazon listings indicate anything from 140 pages to 600 pages. A lot of the variation probably comes from formatting and extent of annotations. Does the Odyssey have spoilers for one who has not read the Iliad?

When was Homer's Odyssey written?


Scholars believe the Odyssey was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. The poem mainly focuses on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths), king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the fall of Troy.

Why is the Odyssey so famous?

The Odyssey is a classic that has more than stood up to the ages because it has tremendous appeal on 2 levels: It is a psychological examination of the metamorphosis of a wartime hero to a peacetime king and the many challenges faced by Odysseus represent the various lessons he must learn to make that transition.

Which is better the Odyssey or the Iliad?

I like The Odyssey better. It's a more entertaining read. The Illiad is pretty good, but it's a bit dry in places, and it goes on too long. The Iliad is much better in my opinion, the scope of time is minimized significantly but this makes for a much more thorough look into the characters and plot development.

Why should I read the Iliad?

The Iliad is the archetypal war story, and at the same time it is an anti-war story. It shows us the heroism and also the tragedy and senselessness of war. It is the prototype of all wars and all war stories. It puts human faces to the struggle and the suffering.

Is the Iliad hard to read?

For the first-time reader, probably the hardest thing about Homer's Iliad is its language. And once you get past the weird cultural details (reading the introduction to your edition will help), the poem is extremely accessible. The characters are vivid, and every reader will find someone to identify with.

Should you read odyssey before Ulysses?


The Odyssey is not essential to reading Ulysses. Far more important for simply comprehending Ulysses is a familiarity with Shakespeare's Hamlet, since not only are there subtle allusions to this work throughout the novel, but an important central scene revolves around a discussion about interpreting it.

What does the Odyssey teach us?

In this journey, Odysseus learns several life lessons that applied to our lives. At one time in our lives, Odysseus and I have learned how vital using self-control can be. When Odysseus wanted to listen to the Sirens after the goddess Circe told him he shouldn't, that was a lack of self-control on his part.

Is the Odyssey worth reading?

For those of you wondering which classics are worth reading, Homer's “The Odyssey” is an outstanding adventure and longtime favorite of mine. It's fast paced, full of humor, clever schemes and exciting action as Odysseus both outwits and outmaneuvers the enemies he meets along his mythic journey at sea.

Why should students read the Odyssey?

''The Odyssey'' is also a fine adventure story. Even if you know it by heart, as I do, you can enjoy the way Homer builds up suspense until the moment when Odysseus can triumph over his enemies. But reading between the lines of Odysseus's story, one can also learn what civilization meant to the Greeks.

What should I read after the Iliad?


Books Like The Iliad
  • The Iliad. The Iliad is an epic poem by Homer that is set during the final weeks of battle between the Greeks and Trojans near the end of the Trojan War.
  • The Odyssey. The Odyssey is also by Homer and considered a sequel to The Iliad.
  • The Aeneid.
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh.

What should I read before Iliad?

Before the Iliad I would suggest:
  • Theogony - This was written by Hesiod, a Greek poet active in the 7th/8th century BCE.
  • Works and Days - Also by Hesiod, Works and Days also gives a lot of background, notably breaking down the different Ages of Greek mythology.

What is the best translation of the Iliad?

The best ILIAD translation is arguably by Richmond Lattimore (1951) with Robert Fitzgerald's (1974) being a strong contender for second-best.