Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 1, 1998
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853262420
ISBN - 13: 9781853262425
About the Book
The product of more than a decade's continuous work (1598-1611), Chapman's translation of Homer's great poem of war is a magnificent testimony to the power of The Iliad. In muscular, onward-rolling verse Chapman retells the story of Achilles, the great warrior, and his terrible wrath before the walls of besieged Troy, and the destruction it wreaks on both Greeks and Trojans.
From the Publisher
With an Introduction and Notes by Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University
of LondonThe product of more than a decade''s continuous work (1598-1611),
Chapman''s translation of Homer''s great poem of war is a magnificent
testimony to the power of The Iliad. In muscular, onward-rolling verse
Chapman retells the story of Achilles, the great warrior, and his terrible
wrath before the walls of besieged Troy, and the destruction it wreaks on
both Greeks and Trojans. Chapman regarded the translation of this epic,
and of Homer''s Odyssey (also available in Wordsworth Editions) as his
life''s work, and dedicated himself to capturing the ''soul'' of the poem.
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.
From Our Editors
Long believed to be the work of the Greek poet Homer, this marvellous story recounts the final battle between the Greek warrior Achilles and the Trojan prince Hector. A tale of war, loyalty, friendship and compassion, The Iliad has left Western literature with a stunning legacy. This prose translation of the timeless epic is unabridged.