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The Iliad. ILLUSTRATED
     

The Iliad. ILLUSTRATED

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by Homer, Alexander Pope
 

The Iliad is, together with the Odyssey, one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. However, the claim of a single author is disputed, as the poems show evidence of a long oral tradition and hence, possible multiple authors.

Many scholars believe the poem to be the oldest extant work of literature in the

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The Iliad is, together with the Odyssey, one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. However, the claim of a single author is disputed, as the poems show evidence of a long oral tradition and hence, possible multiple authors.

Many scholars believe the poem to be the oldest extant work of literature in the ancient Greek language. For most of the 20th century, both the Iliad and the Odyssey have been commonly dated to the late 9th or 8th century BC. Most still hold this view, notably Barry B. Powell (who has proposed a link between the writing of the Iliad and the invention of the Greek alphabet), G.S. Kirk, and Richard Janko. However a few others, such as Martin West and Richard Seaford, now prefer a date in the 7th or even the 6th century BC.

The poem concerns events during the tenth and final year of the Trojan War, the siege of the city of Ilion or Troy, by the Greeks. The plot centers on the Greek warrior Achilles and his anger toward the king of Mycenae, Agamemnon, which proves disastrous for the Greeks. It provides many of the events that the later poems of the Epic Cycle build on, including the death of the Trojan captain Hector.

Written in dactylic hexameter, the Iliad comprises 15,693 lines of verse. Later ancient Greeks divided it into twenty-four books or scrolls, a convention that has lasted to the present day with little change.

The word Iliad means "pertaining to Ilios" (in Latin, Ilium), the city proper, as opposed to Troy, the state centered around Ilium.

� Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607784203
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
986,218
File size:
659 KB

Meet the Author

The 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. Crowded with characters, both human and non-human, and bursting with action, the epic tales detail the fabled Trojan War and the adventures of Odysseus as he struggles to return home. Homer’s epics have inspired countless books and works of art throughout their long history.

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The Iliad. ILLUSTRATED 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first translation i heard as a little boy and it was also the translation i had to read in my college classics courses bbest version so far to me
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EvilUrgency More than 1 year ago
I am going to purchase copies of the Iliad and the Odessy and there are many versions so before I chose one I thought I might check out some samples. This sample is 69 pages long and that doesn't even get you through the introduction. Let me be clear you never get to "sample" any of the actual text of the Iliad just the translators looooooooong winded introduction. Worthless as a sample and a very bad omen for the quality of the book. I will find another version.