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This book introduces the general reader, as well as the student of Classics, to one of the masterpieces of European literature, the Iliad of Homer, in the English translation of Richmond Lattimore. It offers the background that readers need to understand the poem's detail of story and characters, and it provides a step-by-step guide to the story's unravelling and to the literary features which have ensured its enduring popularity since its composition in 750 BC.
The edition is designed specifically for the reader who has neither any previous knowledge of Greek nor of Homer and approaches the poem as a literary text, seeking to identify the poet's techniques and to assess their effects. It can be used both as a continous reading alongside Lattimore's (or any other) translation and as a reference work for specific points of textual understanding or interpretation. There is a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography and a guide to further reading.
PREFACE MAPS OF GREECE INTRODUCTION 1. HOMER 2. THE HOMERIC EPICS 3. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 4. THE TROJAN WAR 5. COMPOSITION 6. THE HOMERIC QUESTION 7. SOME FEATURES OF STYLE 8. THE HERO 9. THE GODS COMMENTARY ILIAD ONE ILIAD TWO ILIAD THREE ILIAD FOUR ILIAD FIVE ILIAD SIX ILIAD SEVEN ILIAD EIGHT ILIAD NINE ILIAD TEN ILIAD ELEVEN ILIAD TWELVE ILIAD THIRTEEN ILIAD FOURTEEN ILIAD FIFTEEN ILIAD SIXTEEN ILIAD SEVENTEEN ILIAD EIGHTEEN ILIAD NINETEEN ILIAD TWENTY ILIAD TWENTY-ONE ILIAD TWENTY-TWO ILIAD TWENTY-THREE ILIAD TWENTY-FOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX