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The Iliad

The Iliad

Tells the story of Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - although knowing this... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140447941
Barcode 9780140447941
Published 6 March 2003 by Penguin
Format Paperback, Revised edition
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Language English (translated from: Greek, Ancient (to 1453))
Author(s) By Homer
Translated by Rieu, E. V.
Edited by Jones, Peter
Revised by Rieu, D. C. H.
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ISBN-13 9780140447941
ISBN-10 0140447946
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Date 6 March 2003
International Publication Date 30 January 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Revised edition
Edition Revised edition
Language English
Translated from Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Author(s) By Homer
Translated by Rieu, E. V.
Edited by Jones, Peter
Revised by Rieu, D. C. H.
Series Penguin Classics
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Other Prose: Classical, Early & Medieval
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 383g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Trojan War, Poetry, Epic poetry, Greek
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 883.01
Catalogue Code 277548

Description of this Book

The Illiad is the culmination of a long-standing oral tradition. The oral technique enabled a master bard like Homer to develop what may historically have been an event of minor importance into a fully fledged epic. So, out of a single episode in the legendary Trojan War - Achilles' withdrawal from the fighting and his return to kill the Trojan hero, Hector - Homer generated the 24 books of The Illiad . What the oral technique does not automatically provide, however, is the genius of the poem which is rendered here in E.V. Rieu's translation, which has been revised for this edition by his son, D.C.H. Rieu and Peter Jones. Homer has created a timeless, dramatic tragedy. His characters are heroic but their passions and problems are human and universal, and he presents them with compassion, understanding and humour against the harsh background of the war and the quarrels of the gods.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics. - Atlantic Monthly Fitzgerald's swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before...This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time. - Library Journal [Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad ] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase. - The Yale Review What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald's. - National Review With an Introduction by Gregory Nagy
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives. He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time. In The Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller's tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope. We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact 'Homer' may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps 'the hostage' or 'the blind one'. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years' time.

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