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Iliad

Iliad - 11 edition

Iliad - 11 edition

ISBN13: 9780199235483

ISBN10: 0199235481

Iliad by Homer - ISBN 9780199235483
Edition: 11
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2011
International: No
Iliad by Homer - ISBN 9780199235483

ISBN13: 9780199235483

ISBN10: 0199235481

Edition: 11

Summary

'War, the bringer of tears...'War, glory, despair, and mourning: for 2,700 years the Iliad has gripped listeners and readers with the story of Achilles' anger and Hector's death. This tragic episode during the siege of Troy, sparked by a quarrel between the leader of the Greek army and its mightiest warrior, Achilles, is playedout between mortals and gods, with devastating human consequences. It is a story of many truths, speaking of awesome emotions, the quest for fame and revenge, the plight of women, and the lighthearted laughter of the gods. Above all, it confronts us with war in all its brutality - and withfleeting images of peace, which punctuate the poem as distant memories, startling comparisons, and doomed aspirations. The Iliad's extraordinary power testifies to the commitment of its many readers, who have turned to it in their own struggles to understand life and death.This elegant and compelling new translation is accompanied by a full introduction and notes that guide the reader in understanding the poem and the many different contexts in which it was performed and read.

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