As a popular author, comedian, and actor, Stephen Fry has been an active figure in the literary world for decades. With countless books under his belt and numerous accolades to his name, it is no surprise that he would be involved in a project as monumental as translating the Odyssey.
For those unfamiliar with this epic tale written by Homer over 2800 years ago, the Odyssey recounts the trials and tribulations of Odysseus on his long journey home after fighting in Troy. Along the way, he battles mystical creatures such as the Cyclops Polyphemus and navigates through dangerous waters guided by gods Athena and Poseidon.
The task of translating this classic piece of literature into English is no small feat; hence Stephen Fry’s involvement piqued many people’s interest when rumors began circulating about him working on The Odyssey translation.
When asked directly about these rumors during an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today in April of 2018 to promote his new book Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold, Fry confirmed that he had indeed been collaborating on a modern adaptation of The Odyssey alongside renowned classics professor Emily Wilson.
Fry described their unique approach where they were not only working to capture Homer’s text but also produce something compelling for modern audiences who might otherwise find ancient Greek tales difficult to engage with fully given some outdated elements such as sexism within its context:
“We have concordances running down either side … one showing what [Homer] meant and underneath another row asking ‘how do you like them apples?’, basically.” He continued “So I can saunter up to Emily’s desk which will be just next door,” “And say ‘Emily darling look at me I’m being elegiac!’ “Or she’ll come round saying ‘I’ve made Piggy [pig godline character from Homers Tales] even funnier you’re going to love it’. So we sass each other off.”
Accordingly, his involvement in the translation project is not simply that of a translator but also involves adapting the text to make it more accessible yet still retain its meaning and context.
Stephen Fry’s expertise in reinterpreting classical mythology for modern audiences and appealing to diverse crowds has been showcased through his books such as Mythos and Heroes. These texts combine compelling storytelling with an informative overview of various Greek myths.
Many readers responded positively to his adaptation style, which he describes as “embellishing [the original material] where appropriate.” In an interview from Bloomberg back in 2018, Fry elaborated that they are taking some creative liberties their approach: ‘…There’s essentially quite a narrow line we have to walk between bowdlerizing or diluting the poetry so much that it becomes merely prose. After all, this isn’t just ‘Norse sagas’ mythical history is serious stuff.’
With both of these factors – Stephen Fry’s previous experience working with Greek mythology and his unique approach collaboration on The Odyssey Translation – many fans eagerly await what Stephen Fry will bring forth when the final product launches.
Given that rewriting ancient literature for modern audiences can be a contentious issue among scholars who argue against any changes whatsoever being made; however notable academics seem genuinely excited if not even optimistic about this new version coming out soon:
‘Emily Wilson certainly has tackled it magnificently,’ says Professor Oliver Taplin (Oxford University). An Oxford professor went on further at describing her efforts ‘Homer is supposed to tell us about human nature … A proper version must get somewhere imagining how those ancient people were looking at each other.’ As seen in reviews already available online attesting to her engaging translation doing justice to Homer’s work while simultaneously presenting each character realistically impacted by different societal views holding historical significance without valorizing misogyny often present within classic Ancient Greece texts’ wording . In this combination of attention paid toward Athena manifestation wishing Odysseus could hurry up in traveling and never considering portraying Penelope unfaithful that Wilson’s efforts are being celebrated.
In conclusion, while Stephen Fry’s fans eagerly await his contribution to The Odyssey Translations, this exciting collaboration is sure to be highly anticipated further by the scholar community as they wait on tenterhooks for January 27th. It does promise a fresh new look and approach on perhaps one of the most well-known pieces of literature from Ancient Greece.
Stephen Fry has enjoyed a hugely successful career spanning decades as an author, comedian and actor. With countless books and accolades to his name, it’s no surprise that he has been involved in the monumental task of translating Homer’s Odyssey. For those unfamiliar with the tale, the Odyssey is an epic account of Odysseus’ journey home after fighting in Troy.
Fry had confirmed rumors that he was collaborating on a modern adaptation of The Odyssey alongside classics professor Emily Wilson during an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today back in April 2018 when promoting his book Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold.
The translation project involves not just capturing Homer’s text but also adapting it so that modern audiences can engage fully without finding outdated elements such as sexism disconcerting.
Fry is well-known for reinterpreting classical mythology for modern audiences, making various Greek myths accessible through storytelling combined with informative overviews.
In an interview from Bloomberg back in 2018, Fry explained their approach by saying they were ‘embellishing [the original material] where appropriate.’ However, scholars are often divided on whether changes should be made at all when rewriting ancient literature for modern readers.
Despite this division among scholars about altering classic texts, many notable academics have expressed excitement if not optimism regarding Stephen Fry’s collaboration on The Odyssey Translation. Oxford Professor Oliver Taplin said “Emily Wilson certainly has tackled it magnificently.”
Meanwhile early reviews suggest Wilson’s engaging translation does justice to Homer’s work while presenting each character realistically impacted by different societal views holding historical significance without valorizing misogyny often present within classic Ancient Greece texts’ wording .
Overall then fans eagerly await what new insight both Academic specialists brought into producing a fresh look at perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of literary works known to mankind!