Dimensions: 544 pages, 3.64 × 2.46 × 0.67 in
Published: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439163375
ISBN - 13: 9781439163375
About the Book
From the consummate translator, renowned for translating Rilke and "Tao Te Ching," a vivid new translation of Western civilization's foundational epic.
From the Publisher
TOLSTOY CALLED THE ILIAD A miracle; Goethe said that it always
thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer's story is
thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever
sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations
haven't been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the
speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original.
In Stephen Mitchell's Iliad, the epic story resounds again
across 2,700 years, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and
Patroclus, Hector and Priam flows in every word. And we are there
with them, amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a
poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the
realm of the beautiful.
Mitchell's Iliad is the first translation based on the
work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose
edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were
added after the Iliad was first written down, to the
detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of
interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In
addition, Mitchell's illuminating introduction opens the epic still
further to our understanding and appreciation.
Now, thanks to Stephen Mitchell's scholarship and the power of his
language, the Iliad's ancient story comes to moving, vivid
About the Author
Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.
"A strange, almost forgotten feeling overtook me as I first dipped
into this new translation. I felt compelled to recite aloud! The
poetry rocks and has a macho cast to it, like rap music. It's
overtly virile stuff, propelled from the time when music, language,
information, and politics were not yet distinguished." -Jaron
Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget