The Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation) by HomerThe Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation) by Homer

The Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation)

byHomerTranslated byStephen Mitchell

Paperback | August 14, 2012

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One of the New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011—from the renowned translator of Rilke, Tao Te Ching, and Gilgamesh, a vivid new translation of Western civilization’s foundational epic: the Iliad.

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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. Now, thanks to the power of Stephen Mitchell’s language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life, and we are carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Mitchell’s Iliad is also 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.
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...
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Title:The Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:560 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.6 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.12 × 1.6 inPublished:August 14, 2012Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1439163383

ISBN - 13:9781439163382

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A classic story, well written and very captivating!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique translation #plumreview since most people will be familiar with this story of the Trojan war, the focus should be on this particular translation. This version does a good job of streamlining the text and attempting to add a bit of the poetry found in the original Ancient Greek (wish I had first hand knowledge of the original, but my Ancient Greek is somewhat below par).
Date published: 2016-11-10

Editorial Reviews

Mitchell’s Iliad is slimmer and leaner than anything we have seen before.... His strong five-beat rhythm is arguably the best yet in English.The New Yorker