The Iliad of Homer (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 19, 2011 - Poetry - 608 pages
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"Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus / and its devastation." For sixty years, that's how Homer has begun the Iliad in English, in Richmond Lattimore's faithful translation—the gold standard for generations of students and general readers.

This long-awaited new edition of Lattimore's Iliad is designed to bring the book into the twenty-first century—while leaving the poem as firmly rooted in ancient Greece as ever. Lattimore's elegant, fluent verses—with their memorably phrased heroic epithets and remarkable fidelity to the Greek—remain unchanged, but classicist Richard Martin has added a wealth of supplementary materials designed to aid new generations of readers. A new introduction sets the poem in the wider context of Greek life, warfare, society, and poetry, while line-by-line notes at the back of the volume offer explanations of unfamiliar terms, information about the Greek gods and heroes, and literary appreciation. A glossary and maps round out the book.

The result is a volume that actively invites readers into Homer's poem, helping them to understand fully the worlds in which he and his heroes lived—and thus enabling them to marvel, as so many have for centuries, at Hektor and Ajax, Paris and Helen, and the devastating rage of Achilleus.

  

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User Review  - Jess23 - Borders

This book is good if you want an easy read. But it seems to be more the translatters version than Homer's. Also, this book speaks of the gods as the romans did, not the greeks. Homer repetes the gods ... Read full review

Homer: Iliad

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More than almost any other book, Homer's Iliad is meant to be spoken aloud, so it's a natural fit for audiobooks. With his fluid translation of ancient Greek into the rhythms of contemporary ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to Richmond Lattimores Iliad
Translators Note
Maps
BOOK ONE
BOOK TWO
BOOK THREE
BOOK FOUR
BOOK FIVE
BOOK FOURTEEN
BOOK FIFTEEN
BOOK SIXTEEN
BOOK SEVENTEEN
BOOK EIGHTEEN
BOOK NINETEEN
BOOK TWENTY
BOOK TWENTYONE

BOOK SIX
BOOK SEVEN
BOOK EIGHT
BOOK NINE
BOOK TEN
BOOK ELEVEN
BOOK TWELVE
BOOK THIRTEEN
BOOK TWENTYTWO
BOOK TWENTYTHREE
BOOK TWENTYFOUR
Notes to the Iliad
Bibliography
Glossary of Names
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Richmond Lattimore (1906–1984) was a poet, translator, and longtime professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College. Richard Martin is the Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics at Stanford University.

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