The Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation)

Hardcover | October 11, 2011

byHomerTranslated byStephen Mitchell

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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.

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 new life.

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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 pu...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.7 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439163375

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth the Read The Iliad may seem daunting but it is worth reading. The story itself is very interesting, it's quite different than the tales that have been depicted in movies and tv.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tale of humanity and war. In this translation of Iliad we are immersed in an epic tale of humanity in the midst of war, the story of Hector to protect his city, Achilles for glory then terrible revenge. We see the pathos of humanity contrasted with the tantrums of the gods. Through his tale Homer explores the consequences of war, it's glory and cost.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i will never stop reading this book This book was so great i loved it so much!!!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Gore I'm rereading this, having read it maybe twenty years ago, am enjoying it but I don't remember it being this violent and gory - Homer really seems to enjoy describing the different ways a spear can pierce a skull. The first book, the argument of Achilles and Agam, is still my favorite.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating and Epic. #plumreview Perhaps the most interesting this epic war classic has to offer is the differing take on morality for ancient Greeks. To what may seem petulant and immature to modern readers, Achilles demands a completely understandable and in fact moral within the Ancient Greek view. A good primer that morality may not be as set in stone as we tend to think in modern times.
Date published: 2016-11-07
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 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 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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”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