The Iliad

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Wordsworth Editions, Jan 1, 1995 - Fiction - 351 pages
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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.
  

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So far the prose is fantastic. - Goodreads
The classic, but it can be boring and hard to read. - Goodreads
Liked everything but the battle scenes. - Goodreads
Introduction is awfully important. - Goodreads
I read Pope's translation at a leisurely pace. - Goodreads
Good book but it is slightly difficult to read - Goodreads

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The Odyssey is much better. This is like an action movie with minimal plot, except it is a book so there are no special effects. Read full review

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I read Pope's translation at a leisurely pace. Great read. Reminds me of the Old Testament. Homer wasn't adverse to making it clear that war is futile, bloody, not honourable .... And yet the heroes are brave when they are not sulking. A true classic worth reading many times. Read full review

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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
Copyright

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Homer is celebrated as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

Adam Roberts is Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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