"Gripping... Lombardo's achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task... (He) manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten reworking of a great classic." --Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Times Book Review
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This Lombardo translation made the text so much more interesting because I actually understood what was being said! This translation helped me with my paper!
Not the kind of thing I ever read for personal pleasure. But for what it is, 10/10; this book/poem has a LOT to teach about ancient Greek culture and universal human psychology.
This book is no good for individual reading. The Iliad's characters will seem irrational unless a good professor explains critical elements of ancient Greek culture to you. Ancient Greek culture is extremely foreign to Western culture, but understanding it will help you understand your own culture.
I don't recommend reading this book on your own, but highly recommend taking a course on it, or reading it alongside a printed/audio/video supplemental course.
This book/poem is relevant to anyone's studies in psychology, current or ancient culture, writing composition, or general Classics.