L'Iliade ou le poeme de la force

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Peter Lang, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 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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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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