Simone Weil's The Iliad, Or, The Poem of Force: A Critical Edition

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Peter Lang, 2003 - Fiction - 130 pages
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Simone Weil, a brilliant young teacher, philosopher, and social activist, wrote the essay. The 'Iliad' or the Poem of Force at France at the beginning of World War II. Her profound meditation on the nature of violence provides a remarkably vivid and accessible testament of the Greek epic's continuing relevance to our lives. This celebrated work appears here for the first time in a bilingual version, based on the text of the authoritative edition of the author's complete writings. An introduction discusses the significance of the essay both in the evolution of Weil's thought and as a distinctively iconoclastic contribution to Homeric studies. The commentary draws on recent interpretations of the Iliad and examines the parallels between Weil's vision of Homer's warriors and the experiences of modern soldiers.

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Review: Simone Weil's the Iliad or the Poem of Force: A Critical Edition

User Review  - John E. Branch Jr. - Goodreads

My personal favorite among the biographies of and texts by Simone Weil that I've read. The author herself can be hard to categorize; so can this book. It may suffice to call her a teacher, philosopher ... Read full review

Review: Simone Weil's the Iliad or the Poem of Force: A Critical Edition

User Review  - Jacob Russell - Goodreads

A brilliant misreading of the Iliad. Weil, this modern gnostic, has dissected the nature of "force" in a few pages... pages rolled, set aflame, igniting the fagots beneath you: read Weil and burn. Read full review

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The Editor and Translator: James P. Holoka is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Michigan.

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