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The Iliad by Homer
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The Iliad

by Homer

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Series: Homer's Epic Cycle (1)

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The centuries old epic about the wrath of Achilles is rendered into modern English verse by a renowned translator and accompanied by an introduction that reassesses the identity of Homer. In Robert Fagles' beautifully rendered text, the Iliad overwhelms us afresh. The huge themes godlike, yet utterly human of savagery and calculation, of destiny defied, of triumph and grief compel our own humanity. Time after time, one pauses and re-reads before continuing. Fagles' voice is always that of a poet and scholar of our own age as he conveys the power of Homer. Robert Fagles and Bernard Knox are to be congratulated and praised on this admirable work.… (more)
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Important, obviously, but I think hard to read individually and get a lot out of. It felt more like a list than something significant. I'd probably have to go back to school to get a "5 star" experience out of texts like this, where I think it lands more on me as a reader than anything, what I did or didn't get out of it. ( )
  Aaron.Cohen | May 28, 2020 |
Great translation--liked it better than Fagles'. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
I don't know - this translation doesn't really do it for me :( ( )
  seshenibi | May 3, 2020 |
883.01 HOR
  alessandragg | Apr 26, 2020 |
I researched quite a bit before picking Richmond Lattimore's translation (1951), but have read that Fagles and Robert Fitzgerald are also very good. (There are at least a dozen others!). Lattimore's is supposed to be the best for accuracy, but not necessarily the liveliest or easiest to read. This book has a 64 page introduction by Richard P. Martin of Stanford University that gives you all the background information on the poem you need and sets up the story so that it is easier to follow. My take-away as far as lessons to be learned are: a) don't steal another guy's wife, especially if he is a powerful king, unless you know for sure you have the gods on your side, and b) engaging in war during the bronze age (when all the fighting was close-up and personal) with an approximately equally matched foe is incredibly stupid. ( )
  chas69 | Apr 24, 2020 |
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Homerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Pope, AlexanderTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alberich i Mariné, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alexander, CarolineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Achilles' banefull wrath resound, O Goddesse, that imposd
Infinite sorrowes on the Greekes, and many brave soules losd (Chapman)
The Wrath of Peleus Son, O Muse, resound;
Whose dire Effects the Grecian Army found: (Dryden)
Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing! (Pope)
Sing, o goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achæans. (Butler)
The Wrath of Achilles is my theme, that fatal wrath which, in fulfillment of the will of Zeus, brought the Achaeans so much suffering and sent the gallant souls of many noblemen to Hades (Rieu)
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And Zeus said: “Hera, you can choose some other time for paying your visit to Oceanus — for the present let us devote ourselves to love and to the enjoyment of one another. Never yet have I been so overpowered by passion neither for goddess nor mortal woman as I am at this moment for yourself — not even when I was in love with the wife of Ixion who bore me Pirithoüs, peer of gods in counsel, nor yet with Danaë, the daintly ankled daughter of Acrisius, who bore me the famed hero Perseus. Then there was the daughter of Phonenix, who bore me Minos and Rhadamanthus. There was Semele, and Alcmena in Thebes by whom I begot my lion-hearted son Heracles, while Samele became mother to Bacchus, the comforter of mankind. There was queen Demeter again, and lovely Leto, and yourself — but with none of these was I ever so much enamored as I now am with you.”
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Too many heroes
Too much blood, sex, fighting, war
Gods and goddesses
(pickupsticks)
Mannered, ironic,
Pope is scarcely Homeric.
How is it this works?
(bertilak)
Helen of Sparta
Elopes with Paris. Name change
To Helen of Troy
(pickupsticks)
All work and no gifts,
I refuse to fight for you
until my friend dies.
(LeBoeuf)

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