The Iliad

The Iliad

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"Rage - Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls..." Thus begins the stirring story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles that has gripped listeners and readers for 2,700 years. This timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to its wrenching, tragic conclusion. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilised life and a poignant yearning for peace. Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad's mesmerising repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls "an astonishing performance."
Publisher: New York : Penguin Putnam, 1998, c1990.
ISBN: 9780140275360
0140275363
Characteristics: xvi, 683 p.
xvi, 683 p. ; 24 cm.

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Calvacade
Sep 27, 2016

It's a classic- but it's definitely worth reading.

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stewstealth
Aug 27, 2014

A wonderful English translation of an epic poem. A fantastic read.

I have yet to finish this version of the Iliad, however I must say that this rewrite of the masterpiece by Homer is very good. To Homer aficionado's I think that you should read this book and at least try to enjoy the way that Barry B. Powell saw fit to show the world his vision of the Trojan downfall, However be prepared to sit alone while you enjoy this wonderfully new outtake on the Iliad because it is best read alone without constant distractions to take away from the joy of reading a modern interpretation of an all time classic and a beautifully written epic, which will as long as humanity retains any sense of intelligence and understands the value of beautifully written literature will never be forgotten.

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RamesesGabriel
Mar 23, 2014

The Iliad had enchanted me so many ways; it is always a good book to return to. The translation of Stephen Mitchell's Iliad relives the story itself, with its liveliness and simplicity. The way Homer wrote the ending was very outstanding, leaving the fans of The Iliad thirsty for more. The years that this book re-tells us is simply outstanding, the work of a miracle in its place. It brings back the battles and drama, matching the exact horror of the battle of Achilles and Hector. In this masterpiece, Stephen Mitchell takes the simple words and re-creates them, forcing us into the tears and drama of this book, entering us in the world of the heroes, Achilles, Hector, Patroclus and Priam. The doors of Mitchell's translation takes the epic poem and makes it into words we can understand, yet can also make it insanely outstanding.

multcolib_hillsdale Nov 16, 2012

"The Iliad is a stunning and powerful poem. Set in the final year of the Trojan War, it tells the story of the wrath of the great Greek hero Achilles and its terrible consequences for the Greeks and Trojans. It features the great heroes of Greek myth, including King Agamemnon, Odysseus, and Ajax on the Greek side, and Hector, King Priam, Queen Hecuba, Paris, and Helen of Troy on the Trojan side. The story begins with an argument between Achilles and King Agamemnon that results in Achilles withdrawing in anger from the fighting, and then follows the terrible outcome of this decision through the violence and deaths of warriors on both sides. Played out against the background of the tragic fall of Troy and Achilles' own imminent death, it raises issues of honor, courage, rage, the nature of forgiveness, and ultimately, the meaning of life in the face of death. It is an unforgettable poem.” Annotation by Professor Walter Englert.

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2012

Slightly boring, but okay.

dpecsreads Jun 27, 2012

Currently midway through Book 11.

ohskaggs Jan 07, 2012

I had not read the Iliad before I got this book from the library. I found it enthralling, and exciting. A very good book!

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wooknight Apr 27, 2011

Iliad is a story of raw emotions . The story has its roots in Helen being seduced and abducted by Paris and the greeks coalesce together to attack the Trojans. In the 10th year of fighting , Agememnon , King of all greeks takes away Brisieus who was given to Achilles . Achilles cannot forgive the insult and prays to Zeus via his mother to teach the Greeks a lesson . Zeus obliges him via Hector and the rampage continues until one of Achilles beloved comrades , Patrocles joins in the fight to stop Hector but is slain . Achilles slays Hector and takes his body with him to the Greek camp to deny him a burial . Hector's father Priam shows up in the Greek camp in disguise and begs Achilles to give him his son's body back. Achilles breaks down and lets Priam have the body.

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