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The Iliad (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593082320  
EAN  9781593082321  


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"The Iliad," by Homer, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics"
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

    The epic song of Ilion (an old name for Troy), "The""Iliad" recreates a few dramatic weeks near the end of the fabled Trojan War, ending with the funeral of Hector, defender of the doomed city. Through its majestic verses stride the fabled heroes Priam, Hector, Paris, and Aeneas for Troy; Achilles, Ajax, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Patroclus, and Odysseus for the Greeks; and the beautiful Helen, over whom the longstanding war has been waged. Never far from the center of the story are the quarreling gods: Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.

    "The Iliad" is the oldest Greek poem and perhaps the best-known epic in Western literature, and has inspired countless works of art throughout its long history. An assemblage of stories and legends shaped into a compelling single narrative, "The Iliad" was probably recited orally by bards for generations before being written down in the eighth century B.C. A beloved fixture of early Greek culture, the poem found eager new audiences when it was translated into many languages during the Renaissance. Its themes of honor, power, status, heroism, and the whims of the gods have ensured its enduring popularity and immeasurable cultural influence.Bruce M. King studied at the University of Chicago, and has taught classics and humanities at Columbia University, Reed College, and the University of Chicago. Recently a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, King focuses on archaic and classical Greek literature and philosophy. He is currently a Blegen Research Fellow at Vassar College.

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    More About Homer, Bruce M. King & Ennis Rees

    Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

    Martin Hammond is headmaster of the Tonbridge School and has translated Homer's Iliad for Penguin Classics.

    Homer has published or released items in the following series...

    1. Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions


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    Long, depressing, but has shining moments  Oct 7, 2008
    The Illiad is long (close to 600 pages) and slow reading. Artifacts of the oral tradition, repetative phrases, florid descriptions, laundry lists of participants, and litanies of geneology, restrict the pace of the story. Several of the central characters are immature and selfish, concerned only with getting their own way and personal glory. Between the protracted, adolescent snit of Achilles, and Trojans running back to their mommies when the going gets tough, there are at least as many examples of how NOT to behave as otherwise.

    Odysseus and Patroclos are the best the Greeks have to offer, and they are only in supporting roles. Odysseus is mature, thoughtful, and seeks compromise and cooperation. Needless to say, he is ignored to the Greeks' detriment. Patroclos, Achilles battlefield boyfriend (by the standards of the time they weren't gay; they had wives at home) is an example of selflessness and valor, going into harm's way in Achilles' armor to rally the Greeks when Achilles' wounded vanity and sulking failed the Greeks. And Patroclos is killed in battle for his boyfriend's whiny little temper tantrum.

    This particular translation isn't bad. Not what I'd call a popular rendition, but not as arid as some earlier ones. Over all, I liked it. Still, this is slow going for most folks.

    E.M. Van Court
     

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