Originally Posted by HarryT
The Odyssey is, IMHO, one of the greatest works of literature ever written. All joking aside, it's a book which everyone owes it to themselves to read.
I want to ask a question, but I know there is the risk that it will sound really stupid. But as anyone familiar with MR knows, I've never let that stop me before, so here goes...
Can you elaborate on how you consider it to be great? I mean, is it because of the cultural relevance, even today? Is it a great and amazing mythology? Is it the imaginative way he intertwines fantastic settings and stories with the basic elements of the human condition and human history? Is it a masterpiece of complicated literature that is amazing because you can hardly believe a person could construct such a giant work of writing? Is it just plain fun to read because it's so well-written that the words hit your ears like honey on the lips? I know that sounds like a silly question, but I'm serious!