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The Iliad

Homer (Book - 1998)
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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.
Authors: Homer
Uniform Title: Iliad. English
Title: The Iliad
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1998
Characteristics: xvi, 683 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Homer ; translated by Robert Fagles ; introduction and notes by Bernard Knox
Notes: Originally published: Viking Penguin, 1990
Contents: The spelling and pronunciation of Homeric names
Maps: Mainland Greece
Peloponnese
Aegean and Asia minor
Troy and vicinity
Homer: Iliad
The rage of Achilles
The great gathering of Armies
Helen reviews the champions
The truce erupts in war
Diomedes fights the gods
Hector returns to Troy
Ajax duels with Hector
The tide of battle turns
The embassy of Achilles
Marauding through the night
Agamemnon's day of glory
The Trojans storm the rampart
Battling for the ships
Hera outflanks Zeus
The Achaean armies the bay
Patroclus fights and dies
Menelaus' finest hour
The shield of Achilles
The champion arms for battle
Olympian gods in arms
Achilles fights the river
The death of Hector
Funeral games for Patroclus
Achilles and Priam
The genealogy of the royal house of Troy
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Knox, Bernard 1914-2010
Fagles, Robert
ISBN: 9780140275360
0140275363
Branch Call Number: 883.01 H766if
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 635-638)
Other Language: Translated from the Ancient Greek
Subject Headings: Epic poetry, Greek Translations into English Trojan War Poetry Achilles (Greek mythology) Poetry
Topical Term: Epic poetry, Greek
Trojan War
Achilles (Greek mythology)
LCCN: 89070695
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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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