(From the publisher):
Everyone seems to know something about Odysseus: how he defeated the Trojans in a surprise attack with a massive wooden horse; how he wandered the Mediterranean seas for ten years trying to get home; and how he eventually killed the suitors who were swarming around his faithful wife, Penelope, back at his palace in Ithaca. Yet this extraordinary figure who has captured our imagination over the millennia, from culture to culture, has never been the subject of a "biography," in which his life is set out from beginning to end. Until now.
In this book, classicist Charles Beye imagines a biography of the fictional Bronze Age hero, and puts his unique spin on Odysseus' strange and adventuresome existence. Beye portrays the character's remarkable evolution, chronicling his life from start to finish. And an amazing life it is: from his boyhood as an indulged lad in his father's palace to his ten long years of bitter fighting at Troy; from his subsequent encounters with a variety of creatures seemingly from the land of fairy-tale (such as the Lotus Eaters, the Cyclops, and the witch Circe) to his sexual escapades with the sea nymph Calypso on the island of Ogygia; and from his ultimate return to Ithaca and dramatic killing of the suitors surrounding his wife to his oddly anti-climactic final years.
Original title: Odysseus: A Life
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece