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One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader, Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles's close friend Patroclus, Achilles storms back into battle to take revenge—knowing full well that this will ensure his own early death. This tragic series of events is interwoven with powerfully moving ...
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One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader, Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles's close friend Patroclus, Achilles storms back into battle to take revenge—knowing full well that this will ensure his own early death. This tragic series of events is interwoven with powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, of the domestic world inside Troy's besieged city of Ilium, and of the conflicts between the gods on Olympus as they argue over the fate of mortals.

The Iliad is a work of extraordinary pathos and profundity that concerns itself with issues as fundamental as the meaning of life and death. Even the heroic ethic itself—with its emphasis on pride, honor, prowess in battle, and submission to the inexorable will of the gods—is not left unquestioned.

This version of the Iliad is the translation by Alexander Pope.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781587265532
  • Publisher: Ann Arbor Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Pages: 376

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Homer is a legendary ancient Greek poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The War That Killed Achilles by Caroline Alexander and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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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

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    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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