The Iliad

Hardcover | October 2, 2013

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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 eminentscholar 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 earliertranslations, 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.

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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 eminentscholar and published poet. Based on his thorough ...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019932610X

ISBN - 13:9780199326105

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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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Table of Contents

List of MapsList of FiguresPrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgmentsAbout the TranslatorMapsHomeric TimelineBook 1: The Anger of AchillesBook 2: False Dream and the Catalog of ShipsBook 3: A Duel to the DeathBook 4: Trojan Treachery, Bitter WarBook 5: The Glory of DiomedesBook 6: Hector and Andromach^ Say GoodbyeBook 7: The Duel Between Hector and AjaxBook 8: Zeus Fulfills his PromiseBook 9: The Embassy to AchillesBook 10: The Exploits of DolonBook 11: The Glory of Agamemnon and The Wounding of the CaptainsBook 12: Attack on the WallBook 13: The Battle at the ShipsBook 14: Zeus DeceivedBook 15: CounterattackBook 16: The Glory of PatroklosBook 17: Fight Over the Corpse of PatroklosBook 18: The Shield of AchillesBook 19: Agamemnon's ApologyBook 20: The Dual Between Hector and AjaxBook 21: Fight with the River; Battle of the GodsBook 22: The Killing of HectorBook 23: The Funeral of PatroklosBook 24: The Ransom of HectorBibliographyCreditsPronouncing Glossary/Index