Iliad

ISBN-10: 0806139749
ISBN-13: 9780806139746
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 9/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

An accessible Iliad for twenty-first-century readers

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.

Translator and professor Robert Fagles was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 11, 1933. He received a BA in English from Amherst College and a PhD in English from Yale University. While obtaining his degrees, he studied Latin and Greek on the side. He taught at Yale for one year and then joined the faculty at Princeton University as an English professor and remained there until he retired in 2002. While at Princeton, he created the university's department of comparative literature and received an honorary doctorate in June 2007. He was also a renowned translator of Latin and Greek. His first published translation was of the Greek poet Bacchylides (1961), which was followed by versions of The Oresteia by Aeschylus and the plays, Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles. Fagles was best known for his versions of The Iliad (1990), The Odyssey (1996) and The Aeneid (2006). Instead of being an exacting literal translator, he sought to reinterpret the classics in a contemporary idiom which gave his translations a narrative energy and verve. He died of prostate cancer on March 26, 2008.

Translator's Preface
Introduction
Map of the Aegean Region
Achilles and Agamemnon Quarrel
The Thousand Ships
Paris and Menelaus Duel
Troy Breaches the Truce
The Might of Diomedes
Hector and Andromache
Hector and Ajax Duel
The Tide Turns against the Greeks
Greek Chiefs Implore Achilles
A Nighttime Mission
Greek Heroes Wounded
The Battle for the Greek Wall
The Prowess of Idomeneus
The Seduction of Zeus
Ajax Defends the Ships
The Death of Patroclus
The Battle for Patroclus' Body
The God of Fire Re-arms Achilles
Achilles and Agamemnon Reconcile
Achilles Avenges Patroclus
Achilles against the River
The Death of Hector
Contests to Honor Patroclus
Hector's Body Returns to Troy
Notes
Pronunciation Glossary of Proper Nouns
Index of Significant Similes

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