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The Trojan War has ended, but the Greek hero Odysseus has not yet returned to his kingdom, Ithaca. The Odyssey Revised Edition tells the tale of the trials of Odysseus' family, and of Odysseus' return journey.
The absence of the great warrior has emboldened his old enemies. They gather at the palace, trying to convince Odysseus' wife to forget him and choose one of them as her new husband.
Penelope, though, remains faithful to Odysseus, firm in her belief that he will return. Her son Telemachus resents the intruders, but he is too inexperienced to handle them. Meanwhile, the men who have gathered to woo Penelope decide on more serious measures.
One of them hatches a plot to kill the young Prince and take over the kingdom. The Gods look on at all this, knowing Odysseus is still alive. He has been imprisoned by a nymph who loves him.
Athena, the Goddess of War, decides to help Odysseus. The nymph lets him go, but Odysseus' troubles are not over as he has to face the wrath of Poseidon. The God of the Sea hates Odysseus for having blinded his son.
Odysseus has to undergo many more trials before the help of the Gods and the intelligence of his wife puts him back on the throne of Ithaca again.
The Odyssey Revised Edition is one of the greatest classics of Western literature. This revised edition of the popular translation by E. V. Rieu has a new introduction in addition to the original introduction by Rieu. The text itself has also been updated in some places.