Iliad The Story of Achilles

ISBN-10: 0451527372

ISBN-13: 9780451527370

Edition: 2000

Authors: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse

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List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.286
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.

How Achilles and Agamemnon quarrelled over Briseis, and how Thetis persuaded Zeus to support her son
How a Dream came with a message from Zeus, and how the Achaians debated in their camp. The names and numbers of the two hosts
How Menelaos and Alexandros fought a duel together, and what came of it
The first battle between Trojans and Achaians
How Diomedes did great deeds of valour, and wounded Aphrodite and Ares himself
How Paris was brought back into the battle, and how Hector parted from Andromache
How Aias and Hector fought in single combat, and how the Trojans sent a herald to propose peace
The battle wavers to and fro
How Agamemnon repented of his violence and sent envoys to Achilles
How Diomedes and Odysseus went on a night raid and how they fared
How the battle turned, and the captains were wounded, and Achilles began to take notice
How the two armies fought before the wall, and how Hector broke down the gate
The battle among the ships
How Hera deluded Zeus and sent him to sleep; and how in consequence the tide of battle turned
How Zeus awoke, and what he said to Hera; how Hera took his message to the divine family and what they all said to it; and how the two armies fought among the ships
How Patroclos took the field in the armour of Achilles, his great feats of war, and his death
How they fought over the body of Patroclos
How Achilles received the news, and how his mother got him new armour from Hephaistos
How Achilles made friends with Agamemnon and armed himself for war
How Achilles swept the battlefield, and how the gods helped on either side
The battle by the river
Of the last fight and the death of Hector
The funeral rites of Patroclos, and how the games were held in his honour
How Priam and Achilles met, and the funeral of Hector
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