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One of the first and greatest literary achievements of Greek civilisation, The Iliad focuses on the pivotal four days towards the end of the ten-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans. In a series of dramatic set pieces, it follows the tragic story of the humiliation of Achilleus at the hands of Agamemnon and his slaying of Hector: a barbarous act with repercussions that ultimately determine the fate of Troy. The Iliad not only paints an intimate picture of individual experience, but also offers a universal perspective in which human loss and suffering are set against a vast and unpitying divine background where fickle, quarrelsome gods decide the fate of men.
Martin Hammond's acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by an introduction which discusses the central themes of The Iliad and provides a lucid synopsis of the work.
About The Author
Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives.
He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer – The Iliad and The Odyssey – are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time.
In The Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller’s tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope.
We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact ‘Homer’ may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps ‘the hostage’ or ‘the blind one’. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years’ time.
Much the best modern prose translation of the Iliad -- Robin Lane Fox * Financial Times * This new prose translation of the Iliad is outstandingly good . . . to read it is to be gripped by it * Classical Review * Superbly direct and eloquent . . . by its sensitivity, fluency, and flexibility, it will win a permanent place on the shelves of Homer-lovers -- Martin Fagg * Times Educational Supplement * Martin Hammond's new version is the best and most accurate there has ever been, as smooth as cream but as clear as water . . . Hammond's Iliad deserves to become a standard book -- Peter Levi * Independent * Surely the best Iliad in quite a few decades * Greece & Rome Journal * Here is a fine Iliad for our times, to be read with great pleasure -- Philip Howard * The Times *
The background to the Iliad
The theme of the Iliad
A critical summary of the Iliad
A Note on Names
A Note on the Greek Text
The Anger of Achilleus
The Catalogue of Ships
Paris, Helen, Aphrodite
The Breaking of the Truce
Hektor in Troy
Duel of Hektor and Aias
The Embassy to Achilleus
The Assault on the Wall
The Achaians Rally
The Seduction of Zeus
Fighting at the Ships
The Death of Patroklos
The Battle over Patroklos
Thetis, Achilleus, and New Armour
Achilleus and Agamemnon Reconciled
The Return of Achilleus
The Battle of the Gods
The Death of Hektor
Funeral Games for Patroklos
Achilleus and Priam
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ISBN: 9780140444445 ISBN-10: 0140444440 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 528 Published: 1st December 1987 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1