The Iliad of Homer (The Library of Liberal Arts)

The Iliad of Homer (The Library of Liberal Arts)

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An illustrated retelling of the events of Homer's tale, focusing primarily on the battles between the Greeks and the Trojans after Achilles stomps off in a huff over Agamemnon's arrogance and insults. In an extremely crowded field, this version from Strachan (The Flawed Glass, 1990, etc.) has several virtues. While explaining everything clearly, it does not condescend to its target audience. The flowing prose makes no attempt to mimic Homer, but is possessed of a rhythm of its own. Its main advantage, however, is found in the vigorous descriptions of the fighting, matched by Ambrus's atmospheric pictures—gory but not too realistic. Strachan, although a bit forward about Hector's private name for his son, Scamandrius (a.k.a. Astyanax), pitches the story toward those who are keen for the "exciting parts," and readers will cheer and moan over the battles. Those who elect to read this aloud may succeed in converting members of the Mortal Kombat generation to fans of Homer's epic story.

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Oxford University Press, USA
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Library of Liberal Arts Series
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5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.09(d)

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About the Translator:
Ennis Rees is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The Tragedies of George Chapman: Renaissance Ethics in Action and of two volumes of verse, The Song of Paul Bunyon and Tony Beaver and Riddles, Riddles Everywhere. He is also the translator of an edition of The Odyssey.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of epic poetry. When I was assigned the Odyssey in high school, I found it a chore to get through. After much pressure from some friends, I finally gave in and decided to read the Iliad. My friends recommended that I read Lattimore's translation, and I am very glad they did. I found this edition to be very straight forward and readable. It allowed the moving passages of the Iliad to reach me effortlessly. I highly recommend this edition to anyone who has no prior experience with ancient epics, or who like myself had a bad experience in the past. I enjoyed this text so much that I actually am going to try reading Lattimore's translation of the Odyssey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uses language that actualy makes ense and is still in poetry form
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordered the book online for a class. Half of Book 15 and all of Book 16 were missing. Went to the store nearby and could not get it replaced during my class. It was hard to write my essay without these crucial Books. Rented an online version to complete my essay.
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