Essential Iliad

ISBN-10: 0872205428

ISBN-13: 9780872205420

Edition: 2000 (Abridged)

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This is an abridged version of the translator's version of the Iliad, published in 1997 (ISBN 0-87220-543-6). It highlights high poetic moments and essential mythological content and will be especially useful in surveys of world literature and in Western civilization surveys. An introduction situates the epic in its historical and cultural contexts, elucidates its representation and critique of traditional heroism, and calls attention to the main interpretive problems it raises for ancient audiences and modern readers. Editors Stanley Lombardo and Sheila Murnaghan teach classical studies at the University of Kansas and the University of Pennsylvania. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
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Book details

List price: $11.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 215
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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.

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

Sheila Murnaghan is Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Homeric Geography (map)
Introduction
A Note on the Translation
A Note on the Abridgment
The Essential Iliad
Major Characters
Suggestions for Further Reading
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