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The Iliad

Editor Homer

Oxford University Press | October 2, 2013 | Hardcover

The Iliad is rated 4 out of 5 by 10.
Homer''s Iliad is one of the foundational texts of Western Civilization. The timelessness of its story, of men battling fate amidst the horrors of war, still stirs the imaginations of readers year after year. What is offered here is the first translation by someone who is both an eminent scholar and published poet. Based on his thorough familiarity with Homeric language, Powell''s free verse translation preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original, while recreating the original feel and sound of the oral-formulaic style. By avoiding the stylistic formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, he deftly captures and conveys the most essential truths of this vital text. Helpfully included in this edition are a detailed introduction, illustrations, maps, and notes. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the Greek, Powell steers a middle path between the most well-known translations and adds something unique to the canon.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 in

Published: October 2, 2013

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019932610X

ISBN - 13: 9780199326105

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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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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The Iliad

Editor Homer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 in

Published: October 2, 2013

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019932610X

ISBN - 13: 9780199326105

Table of Contents

List of Maps List of Figures Preface Introduction Acknowledgments About the Translator Maps Homeric Timeline Book 1: The Anger of Achilles Book 2: False Dream and the Catalog of Ships Book 3: A Duel to the Death Book 4: Trojan Treachery, Bitter War Book 5: The Glory of Diomedes Book 6: Hector and Andromach^ Say Goodbye Book 7: The Duel Between Hector and Ajax Book 8: Zeus Fulfills his Promise Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles Book 10: The Exploits of Dolon Book 11: The Glory of Agamemnon and The Wounding of the Captains Book 12: Attack on the Wall Book 13: The Battle at the Ships Book 14: Zeus Deceived Book 15: Counterattack Book 16: The Glory of Patroklos Book 17: Fight Over the Corpse of Patroklos Book 18: The Shield of Achilles Book 19: Agamemnon''s Apology Book 20: The Dual Between Hector and Ajax Book 21: Fight with the River; Battle of the Gods Book 22: The Killing of Hector Book 23: The Funeral of Patroklos Book 24: The Ransom of Hector Bibliography Credits Pronouncing Glossary/Index

From the Publisher

Homer''s Iliad is one of the foundational texts of Western Civilization. The timelessness of its story, of men battling fate amidst the horrors of war, still stirs the imaginations of readers year after year. What is offered here is the first translation by someone who is both an eminent scholar and published poet. Based on his thorough familiarity with Homeric language, Powell''s free verse translation preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original, while recreating the original feel and sound of the oral-formulaic style. By avoiding the stylistic formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, he deftly captures and conveys the most essential truths of this vital text. Helpfully included in this edition are a detailed introduction, illustrations, maps, and notes. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the Greek, Powell steers a middle path between the most well-known translations and adds something unique to the canon.

About the Author

Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascomb Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.