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The Iliad

Homer

(Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Iliad
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The centuries old epic about the wrath of Achilles is rendered into modern English verse by a renowned translator and accompanied by an introduction that reassesses the identity of Homer. In Robert Fagles' beautifully rendered text, the Iliad overwhelms us afresh. The huge themes godlike, yet utterly human of savagery and calculation, of destiny defied, of triumph and grief compel our own humanity. Time after time, one pauses and re-reads before continuing. Fagles' voice is always that of a poet and scholar of our own age as he conveys the power of Homer. Robert Fagles and Bernard Knox are to be congratulated and praised on this admirable work.

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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780140275360
0140275363
Branch Call Number: 883.01 H766if
Characteristics: xvi, 683 p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Knox, Bernard 1914-2010
Fagles, Robert

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The Iliad is an epic poem that features the Greek gods and the great heroes of Greek myth such as Achilles, Paris, and Helen of Troy. (ca. 800 B.C.)

Comment by: 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 ... Read More »


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  • multcolib_hillsdale rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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.

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