The Iliad (Volume 4)

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Volume: 4
Publisher: Glasgow : Printed by R. Urie, and sold by Daniel Baxter, bookseller Publication date: 1754
Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.
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Volume: 4
Publisher: Glasgow : Printed by R. Urie, and sold by Daniel Baxter, bookseller Publication date: 1754
Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781152965294
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Homer
Homer
Ancient Greek poet Homer established the gold standard for heroic quests and sweeping journeys with his pair of classic epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Biography

We know very little about the author of The Odyssey and its companion tale, The Iliad. Most scholars agree that Homer was Greek; those who try to identify his origin on the basis of dialect forms in the poems tend to choose as his homeland either Smyrna, now the Turkish city known as Izmir, or Chios, an island in the eastern Aegean Sea.

According to legend, Homer was blind, though scholarly evidence can neither confirm nor contradict the point.

The ongoing debate about who Homer was, when he lived, and even if he wrote The Odyssey and The Iliad is known as the "Homeric question." Classicists do agree that these tales of the fall of the city of Troy (Ilium) in the Trojan War (The Iliad) and the aftermath of that ten-year battle (The Odyssey) coincide with the ending of the Mycenaean period around 1200 BCE (a date that corresponds with the end of the Bronze Age throughout the Eastern Mediterranean). The Mycenaeans were a society of warriors and traders; beginning around 1600 BCE, they became a major power in the Mediterranean. Brilliant potters and architects, they also developed a system of writing known as Linear B, based on a syllabary, writing in which each symbol stands for a syllable.

Scholars disagree on when Homer lived or when he might have written The Odyssey. Some have placed Homer in the late-Mycenaean period, which means he would have written about the Trojan War as recent history. Close study of the texts, however, reveals aspects of political, material, religious, and military life of the Bronze Age and of the so-called Dark Age, as the period of domination by the less-advanced Dorian invaders who usurped the Mycenaeans is known. But how, other scholars argue, could Homer have created works of such magnitude in the Dark Age, when there was no system of writing? Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, placed Homer sometime around the ninth century BCE, at the beginning of the Archaic period, in which the Greeks adopted a system of writing from the Phoenicians and widely colonized the Mediterranean. And modern scholarship shows that the most recent details in the poems are datable to the period between 750 and 700 BCE.

No one, however, disputes the fact that The Odyssey (and The Iliad as well) arose from oral tradition. Stock phrases, types of episodes, and repeated phrases -- such as "early, rose-fingered dawn" -- bear the mark of epic storytelling. Scholars agree, too, that this tale of the Greek hero Odysseus's journey and adventures as he returned home from Troy to Ithaca is a work of the greatest historical significance and, indeed, one of the foundations of Western literature.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Odyssey.

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The meter (rhythmic pattern of syllables) of Homer's epic poems is dactylic hexameter.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    A classic that's last for over 2000 years

    The Illiad, by Homer, is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It actually is not necessarily a book; more like a poem. This poem-book tells of the legendary Trojan War between the Greeks and the Trojans. The whole thing kicked off when Hector ran away with the Greek king's daughter, Helen. They then fled to Troy with it's near impassable structured walls. Zeus brought back the news to Mount Olympus, place of the gods, and every god took up arguments for both sides. Half sided with Troy while the other half sided with the Greeks. As the Greeks battled with the Trojans, it became clear that they were losing. So they decided on a trick. A selected few men would hidee inside a great wooden horse, dubbed, the Trojan Horse. The Trojans would wheel the horse in think it was a great prize. When nightfall came, the men jumped out and !opened the gate for the whole Greek army to come in. Troy was defeated soundly and the book ends with the funeral of Hector. A ten out of ten!

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    The Greatest Poem I've ever Read

    I'm only a few chapters into the book, but by far, this is the greatest poem I've ever read. Homer combines drama, action, and mythology into one. This is definately reccomended.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    Anger Be Now Your Song Immortal One...

    The Iliad, as with other Greek poetry, was poetry intended to be recited orally as opposed to being read. Fitzgerald's backgroung in poetry brings out the lyrical passion of the Iliad so prized by the Greeks as no other translation has done. Other translations are also hampered by archaic English language and idioms that make little sense today. I strongly recommend this translation more than any other.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Don't let this book scare you!

    I bought this with the Sparknotes on The Illiad, which summarizes each 'book' (chapter) in the story. Once you have an idea of what's happening chapter by chapter, the book expands on the summary, and is really becomes an awesome read. Homer can describe in vivid detail the combat sequences. Once you get past the fact that this version is written in it's poetic form, and you read it just like a regular prose version, you will enjoy it. It is very affordable at under 8 bucks, so making notes, underlining parts that really strike you etc... won't make you feel like you are defacing anything. It's a must for any library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    The amazing story of The Iliad writen by Homer

    The Iliad is the story of the battle of Troy for a women named Helen who was taken captaive from here husband. All of the Greek city states were involved in this war and many famous heroes. The war lasted for 20 years and each side had many deaths. Two of the most famous men who fought at Troy were Achilles and Odyseus these two men made sure that they won the battle and got Helen back. They did not realise what a daunting task they would have infront of them until they arrived at Troy. The walls were said to be 100 feet tall and 50 feet thick at most parts. The battle of Troy is one of the most famous wars in all of history because of two things, it was the first to be over a women and have the gods help them in their victory. Also that it had lasted so long and how strategic each side had fought in the war.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    Well..

    Well, it's funny when you refer to this as a book. It actually is an epic. If lacking the knowledge of poetry, an epic is in fact a branch of poetry. Overall, amazing, far better then the odyssey.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    Cover a Turn-Off for Children

    Love this book! A must read for anyone who wants to understand where our epic tradition comes from - from the Bible and from Homer and Virgil. As someone who recommends books to kids, this particular edition is a hard sell because of the dull cover.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Excellent read

    The Iliad is definitely a must-read for anyone. As a student, I was required to read this for my World Literature class. As far as the mythology is concerned, it is absolutely fascinating, but even the historical perspective is amazing. This epic poem is probably still THE standard for Greek mythology.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Definitely an Epic

    I picked up this book because I figured it would help to better understand the allusions and references in future novels. Not only did The Iliad help with this but it also was a great read. The introduction by King was informative and emphasized the transformation of war into art.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    An wonderful experience

    This book was confussing at first but after I look up some of the plots in the story I remembered seeing a movie about the Iliad. It was an incredible Book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Tito Azula

    Name: Azula Gender: She Age: 16 moons. Looks: slender black she with a notch taken out of her left ear. She has one white spot underneath her right foreleg. History: ask. Personality: see for yourself. Mate/kits: not allowed.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Horizon

    Name Horizon<br>
    Age 15 moons<br>
    Gender she cat. <br>
    Rank Tito <br>
    Looks has dark almost black fur that helps her blend in more. Blue eyes. On the back of her paw theres a white streak going across <br>
    Personality. Meet me<br>
    Matecrushkits. Im a tito. I cant have kits.<br>
    Otjer. Just ask.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Tito Aspenlight

    Name: Raphael Aspenlight.<br>Age: Two years, four months.<br>Gender: Tom.<br>Rank: Tito.<br>Mate/Crush: None.<br>Kits: Cassiel, Hadraniel, Sandalphon, Moroni, and Raziel.<br>Looks: Raph is ablack tom with reddish eyes and a long, fluffy tail.<br>History: Raphael was born in lreland, to a family that was rumored to be descended from Angels. This, however true is may seem, was false. Although, as if to live up to these rumors, it was tradition to name offsprings after different Angels. As a kit, Raphael was sent to a sort of school along with his brother, Eremiel. There, he was taught elaborate skills and combat techniques. After a while, Raphael fell in love with a she named Penemue. They had five kits. They raised these kits to be ultimate fighters, but Raziel, the stringest of the kitter, turned. Raziel slaughter Penemue and Moroni before Raphael woke up and managed to get Cassiel, Hadraniel, and Sandalphon away. Now alone with Raziel, Raphael was forced to murder his own son. Afterwards, Raphael was left with an overwhelming feeling of grief and dismay that was soon turned into hatred and murderous traits. Ever since then, Raph has been wadering and killing iff as many of his family members as possible, along with others that got into the way.<br>Other: Just ask.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    &beta<_>&mu<_>&iota<_>&iota<_>&epsilon<_>&tau<_>'s &beta<_>&iota<_>&sigma

    Name: Bullet <br> Gender: &male <br> Age: *sigh* <p> Current Rank: &tau<_>&iota<_>&tau<_>&omicron <p> Appearance: A dark, coal-ish, silver tom with deep blue eyes. He has a nick in his left ear, and a hole at the tip. He has a slight Austrailian accent, and says, 'Yeah, Buddeh!' when he's pretending to be excited. <p> Mate: No <br> Crush: He's a foxeh fox. I don't think there's anoter fox around here... <br> Pups/Kits: Most likely pups for him, but no. <p> Personality: Funny, lively, talkative, weird and sarcastic, etc. <p> Other: You're a potato.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Tito ferns bio

    Name fern
    <p>
    Gender she
    <p>
    Age nine moons
    <p>rank tito
    <p>
    Description torishell
    <p>
    Personality warm friendly, evil

    <p>
    Kin none
    <p>
    Crush mate kits none none none
    <p>
    Other none.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    &tau&iota&tau&sigma &real&alpha&nu&epsilon&eta'&delta &beta&iota&sigma

    Name: Raven<p>
    Rank: Tito<p>
    Age: 24 moons<p>
    Gender: Female ( &female )<p>
    Apperence: A sleek black pelt with peircing green eyes.<p>
    Personality: Lets just say this. You don't want to get on my bad side.<p>
    History: Born in Bloodclan. Don't try to find me. I went by a different name.<p>
    Siggy: &real&alpha&nu&epsilon&eta &infin

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Tito Briar ~{BIO}~

    Name• Briar. Rank• tito. looks• a very light shade of golden brown and green eyes. Personality• she is strong willed, mildly stubborn but other then that she is normal. Previous clan•Snowclan. History• she was a kit known as Fawnkitfrom Snowclan until 4/6 when she was brought here, she was shuned by Icestar and she will never go back

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Extus Nightshade

    Name Nightshade(poison plant)
    Age 10 moons
    Looks gray with specks of black,amber eyes,slender
    Personality manipulative,sly,intelligent,cruel at need,vicious in battle,strong,kind
    History raised in a ridulous clan before she came here
    Gender female
    Mate cant have one at time
    Crush same as mate
    Pups none
    Rank Extus

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Berry's Bio

    Im a TITO not EXTUS1

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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