On the left: Achilles and Hector on the field of battle at Troy. On the right: Odysseus and Polyphemus in the cyclops’s cave. But THIS is the real showdown.
Which epic is the most epic?
I voted Odyssey (because, to be honest, it was Richmond Lattimore’s translation, read while convalescing from surgery one summer, that ultimately made me into a student of classics), but I’ve always been fascinated with the historical reception of both epics. Why is it that we moderns prefer the fantastic nostos? Is it simply a matter of taste (exotic travel, monsters, happy endings, etc.) or are their deeper philosophical motivations? Love the website!
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