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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2007

    One of the best of Greek literature

    The Iliad is a classic poem that takes place in the last year of the Trojan war. The Iliad tells the tale of Achilles' wrath and the events that surround it. It shows the problems of revenge and anger. It is a modern tale that is just as relevant today as it was when it was written with its message of emotional maturity and personal growth. Despite its age of nearly three thousand years it remains accessible and understandable through the work of Martin Hammond, the translator of this edition. One of the flaws of the Iliad is the constant repetition of the battle scenes. Homer rewrites almost word for word some of the scenes. Although most of the story takes place during the combat, the bulk of the plot is in the relationships between the leaders which come through in conversations that take place during the night and during breaks in the battle. However aside from the battle scenes it is a well written book that has lasted almost three thousand years and will last at least a thousand more.

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