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In 2 vols., price 12/6 net.

"Close, spirited, swift in movement, and simple. . . The merits are such as to place Mr. Way's performance in the front rank of Homeric translations. . . Mr. Way's version is never bald, frigid, or pompous. In the point of metrical form it has advanced on all its predecessors; his metre comes very near, in length, volume and movement, to being a genuine English equivalent for the Greek Hexameter."—Saturday Review.

"He is a trustworthy scholar; he has fire and speed enough and to spare. He holds our attention; we read him for his own sake. . . A work which we heartily admire."—Athenæum.

Mr. Way has accomplished a remarkable feat. A line-for-line translation . . rendered with absolute conscientiousness, with scholarlike accuracy, and with unflagging vigour, is a success of which the author may well be proud."—Oxford Magazine.

"Really a great success. . . There is a sonorous roll in it, and a variety of pause, a flexibility, a richness, and a dignity about it that make it approach nearer to the splendid music of the Greek than anything else that has been produced in the same line. The diction, too, of the translation is Homeric, while Pope has smoothed and polished away all character out of his original, and its fidelity is really remarkable."—Pall Mall Gazette.


Third edition, price 7/6 net.

"The work of a poet of no mean merit. . . We had till now thought Mr. Worsley's Odyssey in the Spenserian Stanza as satisfactory a version as was possible, but Avia has shown cause why we should reconsider that judgment. . . Has given us, and we trust it will give many of our readers, real and genuine pleasure. . . Original and brilliant."—Saturday Review.

"Has life and movement; has what we might be allowed to call 'go,' in speaking of a work of a different character. . . Has secured what is absolutely essential in Homeric translation, something that answers to the 'bright speed' of the hexameter. . . Scarcely a safe book to give to an imaginative boy, for he would shout his favourite passages about the house as loudly as Walter Scott, when a boy, shouted 'Hardyknute.' . . Truly inspired by the Odyssey."—Athenæum.

"The most successful attempt made of late years to reproduce the vigorous ring of the original. The task of selection is no easy one, as almost every page contains some happy rendering of the Greek or some passage instinct with the true Homeric spirit."—John Bull.