The Iliad

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Poetry - 351 pages
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With an Introduction and Notes by Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London.

The product of more than a decade's continuous work (1598-1611), Chapman's translation of Homer's great poem of war is a

magnificent testimony to the power of The Iliad. In muscular, onward-rolling verse Chapman retells the story of Achilles, the great warrior, and his terrible wrath before the walls of besieged Troy, and the destruction it wreaks on both Greeks and Trojans.

Chapman regarded the translation of this epic, and of Homer's Odyssey (also available in Wordsworth Editions) as his life's work, and dedicated himself to capturing the 'soul' of the poem.

Swinburne praised the resulting translation for its ‘romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur, its freshness, strength, and inexhaustible fire’, qualities that reflect the grandeur, fire and brutality of the original poem. This new edition includes a critical introduction and extensive notes, rendering Chapman’s extraordinary poetic masterpiece accessible to modern readers.

 

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The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green

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The Iliad

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
19
Section 4
41
Section 5
43
Section 6
55
Section 7
71
Section 8
95
Section 15
223
Section 16
237
Section 17
257
Section 18
279
Section 19
297
Section 20
313
Section 21
325
Section 22
339

Section 9
111
Section 10
123
Section 11
155
Section 12
169
Section 13
189
Section 14
203
Section 23
355
Section 24
369
Section 25
371
Section 26
391
Section 27
413
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Though he is traditionally credited as the author of the "Iliad "and the "Odyssey", there is no reliable information about an actual, historical Homer. In antiquity, he was an honored figure, despite little being known about his life or even his era; he was credited then with several other shorter works in addition to the two epics. Current scholarship tends to view the poems as the work of many hands over many years, with differing opinions on the role and importance of any single figure in their creation or promulgation.

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