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The Iliad

The Iliad: A New Translation by Peter Green

Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: 1
Pages: 608
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    The Iliad
    Book Description:

    One of the oldest extant works of Western literature, theIliadis a timeless epic poem of great warriors trapped between their own heroic pride and the arbitrary, often vicious decisions of fate and the gods. Renowned scholar and acclaimed translator Peter Green captures theIliadin all its surging thunder for a new generation of readers.

    Featuring an enticingly personal introduction, a detailed synopsis of each book, a wide-ranging glossary, and explanatory notes for the few puzzling in-text items, the book also includes a select bibliography for those who want to learn more about Homer and the Greek epic. This landmark translation-specifically designed, like the oral original, to be read aloud-will soon be required reading for every student of Greek antiquity, and the great traditions of history and literature to which it gave birth.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-96132-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-24)

    From both the literary and the sociohistorical viewpoints, the situation of anyone embarking on Homer for the first time—and in many ways this applies as much to the classical student as to anyone else—is a unique one. To begin with, in the sense that we normally consider a written work, there is no anterior background: we are at the beginning. To make matters worse, our ignorance concerning both work and author is abysmal.

    We do not know for certain who Homer was, or where he lived, or when he wrote. We cannot be absolutely confident that the same...


  7. Synopsis
    (pp. 463-504)

    1–7: The theme of the work stated: the destructive wrath of Achilles, and its effects, including the fulfillment of Zeus’s plans for mankind.

    8–42: Chrysēs, priest of Apollo, comes to the ships of the Achaians offering ransom for the return of his daughter Chryseïs, at present the captive prize of the commander in chief, Agamemnōn, who—against the general wishes of the assembled Achaians— rebuff s him discourteously. Dismissed, Chrysēs prays to Apollo.

    43–100: Apollo hears his prayer and visits the Achaian army with plague. After nine days of his deadly arrows, an emergency Achaian assembly is...

  8. Select Glossary
    (pp. 505-556)
  9. Select Bibliography
    (pp. 557-560)
  10. Index
    (pp. 561-592)