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The Iliad : Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection -  Homer

The Iliad

Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection

By: Homer

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  • Paperback View Product Published: 27th September 2017

"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 played out between mortals and gods, with devastating human consequences. It is a story of many truths, 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 with fleeting 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.

Industry Reviews

`Homer's epic [is] unpredictably and achingly beautiful.' Nadia Rogers, Irish Times `Deeply enjoyable ... Considerable artistic effort and achievement.' Adrian Kelly, The Anglo-Hellenic Review No. 47 `a fine new translation' Edward Luttwak, London Review of Books

ISBN: 9780198797357
ISBN-10: 0198797354
Series: Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st June 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.64