Iliad

ISBN-10: 0140444440

ISBN-13: 9780140444445

Edition: 1987

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One of the great epics of western literature, 'The Iliad' recounts the story of the Trojan wars. This timeless poem vivdly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods battling amidst devastation and destruction.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/2/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

Introduction
The background to the Iliad
The theme of the Iliad
A critical summary of the Iliad
A Note on Names
Acknowledgements
A Note on the Greek Text
The Anger of Achilleus
The Catalogue of Ships
Paris, Helen, Aphrodite
The Breaking of the Truce
Diomedes Triumphant
Hektor in Troy
Duel of Hektor and Aias
Trojan Success
The Embassy to Achilleus
Night Operations
Achaian Retreat
The Assault on the Wall
The Achaians Rally
The Seduction of Zeus
Fighting at the Ships
The Death of Patroklos
The Battle over Patroklos
Thetis, Achilleus, and New Armour
Achilleus and Agamemnon Reconciled
The Return of Achilleus
The Battle of the Gods
The Death of Hektor
Funeral Games for Patroklos
Achilleus and Priam
Index
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