Few works are as important to the history of literature as Homer’s Odyssey, the sequel to his equally influential epic poem The Iliad. These works are the crown jewels of ancient Greek literature; they influenced both the writings and the values of the “classical” cultures of the Greeks and Romans. But The Odyssey, in particular, had a widespread appeal not only for classical readers and writers but also for people in later cultures as well, right down to the present day. With its emphasis on strange adventures, personal challenges, and the celebration of enduring marital love, The Odyssey remains perhaps the more appealing of Homer’s two poems – the one to which more people can readily relate. This volume explores the themes, structure, artistry, influence, and critical reception of one of the most important works ever composed.