An exquisitely designed leather-bound edition with a gold-foiled cover, this omnibus featuring Samuel Butler s translations of the two Homeric epics comes with a ribbon bookmark, gilded edges and beautiful endpapers. Ideal to be read and treasured, it makes for a perfect addition to any library. The oldest extant works of Western literature, Homer s the Iliad and the Odyssey are an important part of the Greek culture. The Iliad gives a detailed poetic description of the war of Troy and expounds the battle and the events during the weeks of quarrels between King Agamemnon and warrior Achilles. The Odyssey expounds Homer s energetic vision of everyman s journey through life. It recounts the tale of Ulysses nostros journey back home, after the ten-year-long Trojan War and the fall of the city of Troy.