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Iliad: Collector's Library Classics

by Homer, Homer

Coles Publishing | February 18, 2004 | Hardcover

Iliad: Collector's Library Classics is rated 4.0909 out of 5 by 11.
The Iliad is one of the finest of all the great works that have been handed down to us from Classical Antiquity. Paris, a Trojan prince, having won Helen as his prize for judging a beauty contest between the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, abducted her from her Greek husband Menelaus and transported her to Troy. The Greeks, enraged by this audacity and devastated by the loss of the most beautiful woman in the world, set sail to Troy and began the long siege of the city. The Iliad narrates the events ten years into the war, describing the anger of Achilles, which results in the death of Patroclus and Achilles''s mourning of him and avenging of his murder. It has had a far-reaching impact on Western literature and culture, inspiring writers, artists and classical composers across the ages. Even though it was written more than two thousand years ago, The Iliad remains both powerful and enthralling.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 542 pages

Published: February 18, 2004

Publisher: Coles Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1904633382

ISBN - 13: 9781904633389

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I have to start by saying that I absolutely LOVE The Iliad. I have a passion for Greek mythology and studied Classics in university and Homer is definitely one of my favorites. I recently took on a challenge to read Homer's Iliad. I realized that it must be nearly 20 years since I read it in university, so decided it would be fun to read it again, this time without the pressure of essays and exams. I don't feel that a traditional book review is something I could write about this epic novel, so I will write about some of my favourite things and impressions. First off, I had to pick a translation - there are so many to choose from! After looking through about 15 boxes of books that I have in storage to find my old Lattimore translation, I decided to go to our local used bookstore and buy the Robert Fagles translation. I was skeptical at first because I had loved the Lattimore translation, but I quickly found that the Fagles translation was amazing too - it is a poetry translation, but is also very readable and has a great feel to it. I would highly recommend this one to anyone wanting to read The Iliad, especially if they are looking for a modern poetry translation. It won the Academy of American Poets 1991 Landon Translation Award and I can see why. And then there is the story itself, it takes place over a few days near the end of the Trojan War, and is about Achilles' rage at Agamemnon for his slight to his honour. The first lines tell it all: 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, great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion, feasts for the dogs and birds, and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end. Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed, Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles. I found The Iliad interesting and exiting to read, though it did take a lot of concentration. This is a story that was originally intended to be recited aloud, so reading it uses a different part of the brain (I think - or, at least for me). There are certainly different devises used than in modern writing, such as repetitive epithets. For the most part, I found if I took my time and was not distracted (too much), I could read through it fairly easily. But, the exception to this is Book 2, the catalog of ships. Here Homer lists all of the ships and heroes who have come to Troy from around Greece. This is very long and tedious to read, but if you can make it through that, the rest of the books should seem easy! The other thing that was a bit hard with The Iliad is the lists of people fighting and how they died. This is a story that takes place in a war and there are lots of battle scenes with grizzly deaths. One of the really fun aspects of the book is the gods meddling in human affairs. Some of this was quite funny and a welcome relief to the battle scenes. Then there is the human element of The Iliad, the stories that make the book what it is, such as Andromache worried about her husband coming home from battle, the friendship of Achilles and Patroclus, Menalaus fighting to get his wife, Helen, back from Paris, Achilles' rage at Agamemnon for being slighted, and Priam doing whatever it takes to get his dead son's body back for burial. It is always amazing to me that Priam, after watching his son's body get defiled for days by Achilles, the man who killed him in battle, can go to him as a suppliant, and even feast with him. It is absolutely heart wrenching. This is only one of the incredibly touching and human scenes in The Iliad.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great war epic This is a great book for anybody who is interested in greek history/mythology. As a fan of greco-roman themes I have watched many movies about the Trojan war, so it was interesting to finally read what is the basis for those films. It was interesting to see how dramatically different the movies are from the source material. The book ends before the sacking of Troy but to get answers from Homer read "The Odyssey" as it gives a few answers to what happened to some of the characters. This is one of my favourite books!!
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trojans Gone Wild! hated this book. For one, I'm not overly interested in war stories or movies or whatnot. It isn't my cup of tea. For another, the language was difficult to follow. I found it funny that the real people attributed so much to the gods and goddesses... "Oh I lost that race because Aphrodite made me slip in the ox blood..." "Apollo saved me from your spear!" yada yada yada I don't know what the title means, not being familiar with Latin I wonder if it's a different form of Ilios or something? I wish it was called "All About Achilles" or even "How the Trojan War was Won" or even "Trojans gone wild!" I could have done without the descriptions of all the different ways that people were killed. It's a war, and people die, I get it, however I don't need to read how their eyes fell out when they were it with a rock (anatomically impossible, their being attached to optical nerves. They would just dangle) I was disappointed, because I thought there would be more of those traditional stories you hear about, like how Achilles was dipped in the Styx, or how awesome Helen was to make so many people fight over her or something. Nope, just straight up battles and funeral games and stuff.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book Although a hard read, I found The Iliad to be an amazing book that really fueled me. I could actually invision the gods and the warriors at battle. I was taken right in. And it provs to be a much better version of the Trojan War than the movie Troy which destroys Homer's original tale! Read this rather than watch that!
Date published: 2006-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was great. Was hard but easy at the same time. Homer is a amzing writer and would suggest this book to anyone wanting to read something new!
Date published: 2005-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this book is very very good. By page 20 I was hooked. This verson of the Iliad isn't that hard espically if you are someone who reads a lot. I would recomen this book to anyone how already likes poetry, getting into poetry or has never read poetry in there lifes.
Date published: 2005-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I picked this book up to read for school. I expected it to be a boring but it was a fantastic book filled with similes and imagery. It's was like going to the movies since the book goes in depth about the taste, the sounds, and the action. It felt as if the reader was at the Trojan war.
Date published: 2005-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent over all the translation is excellent, except on the translation uses latin name for the character, instead of greek name
Date published: 2004-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Iliad Because this book is not in modern english, it took me hour just to read the first 100 pages. I could not stay awake for the life of me.
Date published: 2004-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Universal Required Reading Homer's first epic poem displays the range of human emotions and vices from bravery to jealousy and envy in a wonderfully narrated tale. This ancient work should be required reading for all of humanity.
Date published: 2003-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Hail, HOMER There is nothing that compares to the artistic delivery of such a respected author. Homer paints the story with such passion and power that includes the reader as either a Trojan Warrior or a Greek Soldier! Excellent!
Date published: 2000-01-28

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Iliad: Collector's Library Classics

by Homer, Homer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 542 pages

Published: February 18, 2004

Publisher: Coles Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1904633382

ISBN - 13: 9781904633389

From the Publisher

The Iliad is one of the finest of all the great works that have been handed down to us from Classical Antiquity. Paris, a Trojan prince, having won Helen as his prize for judging a beauty contest between the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, abducted her from her Greek husband Menelaus and transported her to Troy. The Greeks, enraged by this audacity and devastated by the loss of the most beautiful woman in the world, set sail to Troy and began the long siege of the city. The Iliad narrates the events ten years into the war, describing the anger of Achilles, which results in the death of Patroclus and Achilles''s mourning of him and avenging of his murder. It has had a far-reaching impact on Western literature and culture, inspiring writers, artists and classical composers across the ages. Even though it was written more than two thousand years ago, The Iliad remains both powerful and enthralling.

About the Author

The identity of the writer of The Iliad is a matter of some speculation. The ancients were convinced it was Homer, although they tended to disagree as to biographical details. The best supported evidence suggests he lived in Chios, an island off the west coast of Turkey, between 1100 and 700 B.C., probably closer to the latter. Traditionally portrayed as revered, old, and blind, he composed The Iliad and Odyssey and possibly the Homeric Hymns, a series of choral addresses to the gods.