The IliadBook - 1998
Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer's 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 the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. 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 civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 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 mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls "an astonishing performance."
This Penguin Classics Deluxe edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
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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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