The Iliad of Homer

The Iliad of Homer

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The Iliad of Homer by Homer

One of the greatest stories ever told, Iliad has survived for thousands of years because of its insightful portrayal of man and its epic story of war, duty, honor, and revenge.

While Iliad recounts the war between the Trojans and Achaeans, it also is the tragic story of the fiery-tempered Achilles. Insulted by his king, the proud Achilles decides to stand by as his comrades are annihilated, but circumstances finally spur the warrior to wreak savage retribution upon Troy.

The battle between the Trojans and Achaeans stirs ancient passions and vendettas among the gods of Olympus. While the two armies of mortals confront each other, the gods fly to earth to aid their allies and confound their enemies. Soon, they too enter the fray alongside the men, which leads to an attempt to betray Zeus himself, the supreme king of Olympus.

Woven among the battle scenes are the stories of the men and women caught in the war: the Trojan prince Hector, who is torn between duty and love for his wife and young son; Helen, who is the most beautiful woman in the world, but who comes to regret being born; and Priam, the king of Troy, who is too old to battle, but has the strength for one final act of courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226470382
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/19/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 408,997
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Richmond Lattimore (1906–1984) was a poet, translator, and longtime professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College. Richard Martin is the Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics at Stanford University.

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The Iliad of Homer (The Inspiration for the Movie Troy) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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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Stay away from here in rp.
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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