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The Iliad sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion, an epic poem which was attributed to Homer. It takes place during the Trojan War and tells about the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel...
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The Iliad sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion, an epic poem which was attributed to Homer. It takes place during the Trojan War and tells about the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and Warrior Achilles.

BOOK I

The quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles--Achilles withdraws
from the war, and sends his mother Thetis to ask Jove to help
the Trojans--Scene between Jove and Juno on Olympus.

Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought
countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send
hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and
vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on
which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell
out with one another.

And which of the gods was it that set them on to quarrel? It was the
son of Jove and Leto; for he was angry with the king and sent a
pestilence upon the host to plague the people, because the son of
Atreus had dishonoured Chryses his priest. Now Chryses had come to the
ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and had brought with him a
great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo
wreathed with a suppliant's wreath, and he besought the Achaeans, but
most of all the two sons of Atreus, who were their chiefs.

"Sons of Atreus," he cried, "and all other Achaeans, may the gods who
dwell in Olympus grant you to sack the city of Priam, and to reach your
homes in safety; but free my daughter, and accept a ransom for her, in
reverence to Apollo, son of Jove."

On this the rest of the Achaeans with one voice were for respecting the
priest and taking the ransom that he offered; but not so Agamemnon, who
spoke fiercely to him and sent him roughly away. "Old man," said he,
"let me not find you tarrying about our ships, nor yet coming
hereafter. Your sceptre of the god and your wreath shall profit you
nothing. I will not free her. She shall grow old in my house at Argos
far from her own home, busying herself with her loom and visiting my
couch; so go, and do not provoke me or it shall be the worse for you."

The old man feared him and obeyed. Not a word he spoke, but went by the
shore of the sounding sea and prayed apart to King Apollo whom lovely
Leto had borne. "Hear me," he cried, "O god of the silver bow, that
protectest Chryse and holy Cilla and rulest Tenedos with thy might,
hear me oh thou of Sminthe. If I have ever decked your temple with
garlands, or burned your thigh-bones in fat of bulls or goats, grant my
prayer, and let your arrows avenge these my tears upon the Danaans."

Thus did he pray, and Apollo heard his prayer. He came down furious
from the summits of Olympus, with his bow and his quiver upon his
shoulder, and the arrows rattled on his back with the rage that
trembled within him. He sat himself down away from the ships with a
face as dark as night, and his silver bow rang death as he shot his
arrow in the midst of them. First he smote their mules and their
hounds, but presently he aimed his shafts at the people themselves, and
all day long the pyres of the dead were burning.

For nine whole days he shot his arrows among the people, but upon the
tenth day Achilles called them in assembly--moved thereto by Juno, who
saw the Achaeans in their death-throes and had compassion upon them.
Then, when they were got together, he rose and spoke among them.

"Son of Atreus," said he, "I deem that we should now turn roving home
if we would escape destruction, for we are being cut down by war and
pestilence at once. Let us ask some priest or prophet, or some reader
of dreams (for dreams, too, are of Jove) who can tell us why Phoebus
Apollo is so angry, and say whether it is for some vow that we have
broken, or hecatomb that we have not offered, and whether he will
accept the savour of lambs and goats without blemish, so as to take
away the plague from us."

With these words he sat down, and Calchas son of Thestor, wisest of
augurs, who knew things past present and to come, rose to speak. He it
was who had guided the Achaeans with their fleet to Ilius, through the
prophesyings with which Phoebus Apollo had inspired him. With all
sincerity and goodwill he addressed them thus:--

"Achilles, loved of heaven, you bid me tell you about the anger of King
Apollo, I will therefore do so; but consider first and swear that you
will stand by me heartily in word and deed, for I know that I shall
offend one who rules the Argives with might, to whom all the Achaeans
are in subjection. A plain man cannot stand against the anger of a
king, who if he swallow his displeasure now, will yet nurse revenge<
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  • BN ID: 2940012564818
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Not bad for $1

    It is strange reading a classical Greek story invoking the Roman names of the Gods. Surely there are better translations.

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    One of the best books I have ever read.

    One of the greatest stories that Homer has ever told is The Iliad. It is a historical fiction that was told by Homer, a blind story tell. He told it more than 2,000 years ago in Greece. Most of the characters in his story come from Greece. This story takes place in Troy. At the time, Sparta and itâ¿¿s allies were fighting Troy and its allies. Homer gives great details on what happens and where a scene is happening and that really helped me read this story. One of the main characters, Achilles, was my favorite because he was brave, strong, and everyone liked him accept King Agamemnon. He took his lover away, which makes Troy almost defeat Sparta because Achilles asked Zeus take make Troy win Intel The king gives back his lover. There is also a lot of Greek Mythology like the gods and many of the creatures of ancient Greece like some of the hell hounds and Medusa . The theme of this story is about how hatred can make you do unbelievable things that can be good and bad. I think think that is the theme because in the story many men become hateful and they do crazy things and eventually get punished. One of the things I didnâ¿¿t like in this story was that it would always tell you to much about the simplest things, and it is a complicated read. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a good reader and someone that likes Greek Mythology. Much more happens in this story but if you want to find out then youâ¿¿ll have to read it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Rad this review

    The beginning was a little confusing. But once you got into it it's not that confusing anymore. As long as you know Greek Mythology. I mean I'm in 6th grade and I inow quite a lot of Greek Mythology.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Didnt read well on reader

    Can not read on reader

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Great book- highly recomended

    I love this book and the odyssey too. Must read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Everyone shoukd read this poem

    This work is one of the most influential in the Western corpus, and that we even have a written record of it is a stroke of luck. PLEASE, this is NOT a 'book', it is a POEM that was written in verse, almost certainly by more than one person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Unreadable

    No words, just garbage. Bad download somewhere

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Great book!

    I eead this book and just fell in love with it. I totally recommend it.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    This format is easier to read...

    The paragraph format makes the story much more readable. The verse format would do things arbitrarily cut a sentence in the middle for no apparent reason 'in English anyways' and start a new line with the remainder of the sentence. It makes no sense to preserve the verse form when the verse qualities are lost in translation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    The translation or pasting is very wierd.

    The book seems cool... but I cant read it! There are words but its all messed up like they spelled "with" "wjth". Yeah its odd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    YOU FORGOT ZUES!!!!!!

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    List of gods/goddeses/titans DO NOT POST HERE

    DO NOT POST HERE!!!<p>
    Since i didnt finish the others at "athenian constitution" last res, im continuing here. ~&#167&#1108&#1026<p>
    Greek Goddesses in abc order (continued):<p>
    H<br>
    Harmonia ~ goddess of harmony<br>
    Hebe ~ goddess of youth<br>
    Hecate ~ goddess of magic<br>
    Hemera ~ goddess of daylight<br>
    Hera ~ goddess of women and marriage<br>
    Hesperus ~ goddess of the evening star<br>
    Hestia ~ goddess of home and the hearth<br>
    Hygea ~ goddess of cleanliness and hygeine<p>
    I<br>
    Iris ~ goddess of rainbows<p>
    K<br>
    Khione ~ goddess of snow<br>
    Kotys ~ goddess of celebrations<p>
    L<br>
    Lacheses ~ one of the fates<p>
    M<br>
    Maia ~ one of the seven Pleiades<br>
    Mania ~ goddess of insanity and death<br>
    Melpomene ~ one of the muses<br>
    Merope ~ one of the seven Pleiades<p>
    N<br>
    Nemesis ~ goddess of retribution and payback
    Nike ~ goddess of victory<br>
    Nyx ~ goddess of night<p>
    P<br>
    Persephone ~ goddess of spring<br>
    Pheme ~ goddess of gossip and fame<br>
    Phosphorus ~ goddess of the morning star<br>
    Polyhymnia ~ one of the muses<p>
    S<br>
    Selene ~ ancient goddess of the moon and mother of vampires<br>
    Sterope ~ one of the seven Pleiades<br>
    Styx ~ (Has nothing to do with the river styx) a naiad<p>
    T<br>
    Taygete ~ one of the seven Pleiades<br>
    Terpsichore ~ one of the muses<br>
    Thalia ~ one of the muses<br>
    Themis ~ goddess of order<br>
    Tyche ~ goddess of forntune<p>
    U<br>
    Urania ~ one of the muses<p>
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<p>
    Greek titans in abc order:<p>
    A<br>
    Atlas ~ male titan of burden<p>
    C<br>
    Crius ~ male titan of constellations<br>
    Cronus ~ male titan of time (NOT SPELLED Kronos)<p>
    D<br>
    Dione ~ female titan of the oracle of Dodona<p>
    E<br>
    Epimetheus ~ male titan of afterthought (stupidest titan)<p>
    G<br>
    Gaea ~ female titan of earth<p>
    H<br>
    Hyperion ~ male titan of light<p>
    I<br>
    Iapetus ~ male titan of mortality<p>
    M<br>
    Metis ~ female titan of wisdom and knowledge<br>
    Mnemosyne ~ female titan of memory<p>
    N<br>
    Nick (not an official titan) ~ male titan of the elements<p>
    O<br>
    Oceanus ~ male titan of water<p>
    P<br>
    Phoebe ~ female titan of the moon<br>
    Prometheus ~ male titan of forethought (smartest titan)<p>
    R<br>
    Rhea ~ female titan of the heavens<p>
    T<br>
    Tethys ~ second male titan of water<br>
    Thea ~ female titan of heavenly light<br>
    Themis ~ male titan of justice and order<p>
    Thanks! Thats all of them!!!! If you have more to add, put them at the next result! ~&#167&#1108&#1026

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!

    Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    To below

    Zues is at "athenian constitution" last result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Sun

    Wait. I lied. 4 up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Jen

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Maggie to clyde

    Dude your crazy now what happened

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Everyone!!!!

    Party at seti res two!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Jayden

    She rolls in on her skateboard

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