The Iliad

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Fiction - 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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This version was quite the tome and I suffered from RSI just from holding the book. I have embarked upon the Great Books series as set out by Hutchins and Adler at the University of Chicago and this ... Read full review

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I read this for school. To those who think that they know the story, and that therefore reading it would add very little, need to reconsider. Homer's work is full of interesting language. Rarely have ... 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
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