The Iliad and The Odyssey
Publisher: J. Johnson 1791
Number of pages: 1312
Stories of love and war, hope and despair, and honor and glory, as relevant today as they were twenty five hundred years ago. These two books are some of the most important books in the literary cannon, having influenced virtually every adventure tale ever told.
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