In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the February–March 2021 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes in the proposals thread (+6), the second topic challenge of 2021 will be the Portuguese epic poem
Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads).
What's a topic challenge?
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions about other works are more than welcome during those months too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of Os Lusíadas, in any language you like, and asking good questions about it. These questions should be tagged with the-lusiads and portuguese-literature and poetry, and other tags if appropriate. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
Below is Tsundoku's original presentation of this topic challenge, which contains some useful links:
Os Lusíadas by Luís Vaz de Camões is one great classics of Portuguese literature. This epic poem, first published in 1572, "celebrates the discovery of a sea route to India by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469–1524)" (Wikipedia).
The text can be easily found online, for example:
- in Portuguese on Project Gutenberg,
- William Julius Mickle's English translation (1776) on sacred-texts.com,
- a French translation from 1882 on Archive.org,
- scanned versions of the 1572 Portuguese edition on Wikimedia Commons (and elsewhere).
For translations available in print, see for example
- The Lusiads. Translated by William Atkinson. Penguin, 1952. (256 pages). This is a prose translation with a 30-page introduction.
- The Lusiads. Translated by Landeg White. Oxford University Press, 1997. (288 pages). This is a verse translation with a 12-page introduction, a select bibliography, maps and (at the back of the book) explanatory notes.