The Iliad [NOOK Book]

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The Iliad is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, for which Barry Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a magnificent new translation. Graceful, lucid, and energetic, Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of ...
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Overview

The Iliad is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, for which Barry Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a magnificent new translation. Graceful, lucid, and energetic, Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of Homer's Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language.
Accessible, poetic, and accurate, Powell's translation is an excellent fit for today's students. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, it exposes them to all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Iliad. Both the translation and the introduction are informed by the best recent scholarship.
FEATURES
* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity
* Powell's introduction sets the poem in its philological, mythological, and historical contexts
* Features unique on-page notes, facilitating students' engagement with the poem
* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages in each of the poem's twenty-four books
* Eight maps (the most of any available translation) provide geographic context for the poem's many place names
* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of fifteen important passages are available at oup.com/us/powell and indicated in the text margin by an icon
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Editorial Reviews

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"Magnetically readable." --Booklist, starred review

"Homer's raw and violent Iliad remains as timeless and beautiful as the myth itself...highly recommended." --Choice

"[A] clear and energetic translation.... Staying true to Homer's poetic rhythms, Powell avoids the modified iambic lines found in Lattimore's, Fagles's, and Mitchell's works. He also avoids Lombardo's tendency to cast Homer in contemporary language and Fitzgerald's anachronisms. This fine version of The Iliad has a feel for the Greek but is more accessible than Verity's translation." --Library Journal

"Barry Powell, the master of classical mythology, has done it again--a powerful translation of the poem that started European literature. His muscular verses are faithful to the original Greek but bring the characters to life. This is a page-turner, bound to become the new standard translation." --Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules--for Now

"This fine translation of the Iliad uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity. It gives the modern reader as good an impression of Homer's sonorous Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language; its execution is faithful in spirit to the poet, who composed his great epic orally without the use of writing. Both the translation and the introduction are consistently informed by the best recent scholarship. This translation deserves a very warm welcome." --Richard Janko, Gerald F. Else Distinguished University Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

"Barry Powell's clever translation is simple and energetic: sometimes coarse, sometimes flowing, it is always poetically engaged. This is a harsh, straightforward, and often brutal world of aristocratic warriors whose values are unambiguous, priorities fixed, and sensibilities basic. Fresh and eminently readable, Powell's Iliad is likely to stay." --Margalit Finkelberg, Professor of Classics, University of Tel Aviv, and editor of The Homer Encyclopedia

"Barry Powell, a published poet and novelist, has produced an Iliad translation for the 21st century. Powell's translation beautifully conveys Homer's direct, yet often archaic, style; the introduction and notes situate the poem in its historical and literary context, so that a reader--specialist or otherwise--can appreciate the poem both as a product of its time and as a timeless work exercising its fascination in shifting ways on generations of readers for nearly 3,000 years." --John Bennet, Professor of Aegean Archaeology, University of Sheffield

"Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original: graceful, matter of fact, poetic in a pleasantly understated way. Lucid and fast, the text immediately engrosses the reader, with a tight and balanced rhythm that sings, and with a closeness to the original that allows the reader to hear the incantatory repetitions in the Greek. More accessible than Lattimore, more poetic than Lombardo, and more accurate than Fagles or Fitzgerald, this translation is an excellent fit for today's students." --William A. Johnson, Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University

"With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, Barry Powell gives readers anew all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Iliad--a reading experience richly illumined by the insightful commentary and plentiful images accompanying the text." --Jane Alison, author of The Love-Artist

"Comprehensive and authoritative . . . highly recommended." --Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199326129
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 155,656
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Translator
Maps
Homeric Timeline
Introduction
Book 1: The Rage of Achilles
Book 2: False Dream and the Catalog of Ships
Book 3: The Duel Between Menelaos and Paris
Book 4: Trojan Treachery, Bitter War
Book 5: The Glory of Diomedes
Book 6: Hector and Andromachê Say Goodbye
Book 7: The Duel Between Hector and Ajax
Book 8: Zeus Fulfills His Promise
Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles
Book 10: The Exploits of Dolon
Book 11: The Glory of Agamemnon and the Wounding of the Captains
Book 12: The Attack on the Wall
Book 13: The Battle at the Ships
Book 14: Zeus Deceived
Book 15: Counterattack
Book 16: The Glory of Patroklos
Book 17: The Fight over the Corpse of Patroklos
Book 18: The Shield of Achilles
Book 19: Agamemnon's Apology
Book 20: The Dual Between Achilles and Aeneas
Book 21: The Fight with the River and the Battle of the Gods
Book 22: The Killing of Hector
Book 23: The Funeral of Patroklos
Book 24: The Ransom of Hector
Bibliography
Credits
Pronouncing Glossary/Index

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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 August 5, 2014

    AHHH! U FORGOT PELE

    GODESS OF FIRE!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Unreadable

    Completly messes up, impossible to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Knny

    Sun?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Sun

    Garrett?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Last res

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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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