The Iliad of Homer (Oxford Myths and Legends)

The Iliad of Homer (Oxford Myths and Legends)

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by Barbara Leonie Picard, Joan Kiddell-Monroe
     
 

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It is the tenth year of the siege of Troy, and no one knows who will win. The gods watch from Mount Olympus and fight, too, some for the Greeks and some for the Trojans. There are battles and quarrels, and Achilles—the greatest warrior among the Greeks—refuses to fight any longer. But then the Trojan champion Hector kills Achilles's great friend, and

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It is the tenth year of the siege of Troy, and no one knows who will win. The gods watch from Mount Olympus and fight, too, some for the Greeks and some for the Trojans. There are battles and quarrels, and Achilles—the greatest warrior among the Greeks—refuses to fight any longer. But then the Trojan champion Hector kills Achilles's great friend, and Achilles goes out to avenge him... Homer's great epic poem is brought to life in this critically acclaimed retelling.

Heroic sagas, myths and legends evoking magical times long past, fairy tales and fantasies—they all come together in this collection of new and newly-reissued titles in Oxford's classic Story Collections series (formerly Myths and Legends). Each of these handsome books brings together both familiar and little-known stories from a culture rich in folklore and tradition. The myths and stories—of bloodthirsty Vikings, Gaelic knights, Chinese ghosts and demons, Indian princes and heroes—supply a textured, living background to history and a more in-depth understanding of a world culture. Redesigned covers, compact size, more illustrations, reduced price, and enhanced readability are the prominent new features of these reissues. The perfect introduction to the diversity of world cultures, the books in the Oxford Story Collections invite adults to let their children in on the beloved fantasy world of their own childhood.

(reissue of ISBN 0-19-274147-0)

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From the Publisher
Praise for the series:
"Told with warmth and a loving familiarity that makes these tales accessible to a wide range of readers."—The Horn Book Guide

"Spans the globe with extraordinary virtuosity."—The Economist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192750747
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/25/2001
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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About the Author:
Barbara Leonie Picard's retellings of traditional stories have long been acclaimed by critics and children alike. She has also written several historical novels and original fairy tales.

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I read this book on my own free will, not as a school assignment. I started reading the Aneid of Virgil, but I found the verse translation very hard to understand, so I soon gave up on it. When I started reading The Iliad, I expected it to be similarly hard to understand. I was pleased to find that the book had been translated into prose, something everyone can understand, and it still kept the idea and storyline of the origional translation. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the story of Achilles, and the war between the Greeks and the Trojans. I cannot wait to read the Odyssey, also by Homer