The Iliad

Hardcover | March 10, 1992

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In every century since the renaissance, English speakers have felt compelled to possess a translation written especially for their own time of this great epic poem, the earliest and most central literary text of Western culture. That need has been thoroughly met in our century by the distinguished poet and classicist Robert Fitzgerald, whose version of The Iliad does justice in every way to the fluent vigor and gravity of the Homeric original.

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In every century since the renaissance, English speakers have felt compelled to possess a translation written especially for their own time of this great epic poem, the earliest and most central literary text of Western culture. That need has been thoroughly met in our century by the distinguished poet and classicist Robert Fitzgerald,...

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“Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.” –Atlantic Monthly “Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never...

Homer was a Greek poet, recognized as the author of the great epics, The Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and The Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses’s wanderings.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:616 pages, 8.3 × 5.28 × 1.37 inPublished:March 10, 1992Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679410759

ISBN - 13:9780679410751

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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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“Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.” –Atlantic Monthly “Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before…This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time.”–Library Journal “[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” –The Yale Review“What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald’s.” –National ReviewWith an Introduction by Gregory Nagy