The Iliad Paperback – 1 Jul 1961
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"Perhaps closer to Homer in every way than any other version made in English." -Peter Green, New Republic "The feat is so decisive that it is reasonable to foresee a century or so in which nobody will try again to put the Iliad in English verse." -Robert Fitzgerald "Each new generation is bound to produce new translations. [Lattimore] has done better with nobility, as well as with accuracy, than any other modern verse translator. In our age we do not often find a fine scholar who is also a genuine poet and who takes the greatest pains over the work of translation." -Hugh Lloyd-Jones, New York Review of Books" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Homer is a legendary ancient Greek poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I would instantly recommend this to any reader whether for study or pleasure, an excellent translation of a stupendue epic.
If you haven't read this before then I envy you!
The main question with using the "Iliad" is class is picking a worthy version in English. The Lattimore translation is certainly above average, but I think the Fagles translation is far and away the best available and I would not really consider using anything else in my Classical Greek and Roman Mythology course.Read more ›
Note: this review is of the translation of the Iliad by Richmond Lattimore (University of Chicago Press, first published 1951: ISBN 0-226-46940-9)
While nearly everyone may be familiar with parts of the story of the Iliad, it probably comes as a surprise to many that Achilles does not actually die in the poem, but his fate is already set. I've read a lot of novels over the years based on stories around the Iliad and the Odyssey, and am familiar with much that happens in the overall storyline, but it's not until you read a really good transation, such as this one (assuming you cannot read the original Greek which I'm sorry to say I cannot) that you `hear' the beauty and compellingly stunning craft of this epic poem.
The lines of description, of action, of beauty and of horror remain true to colour even at this distance of years and culture. So much of the action in the book is of horrific battle scenes, where those who were wounded, unless it was superficial, had little or no chance of survival given the manner of war in those times. The descriptive battle scenes are, even to our `modern' jaded senses still horrific - for example "Patroklos coming close up to him stabbed with a spear-thrust at the right side of the jaw and drove it on through the teeth, then hooked and dragged him with the spear over the rail ... and as he fell the life left him." (16.404-410).
Lattimore's transation, first published in 1951, remains the translation of choice still for many scholars, and I'm glad I have read the Iliad right through in this translation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Obviously reading the Iliad is no joke, it takes commitment, some knowledge of Greek mythology and a willingness/desire to read it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bernardo
This is the BUTLER translation, not the LATTIMORE. I already have the Butler. This is so careless, inaccurate, frustrating!!!Published 7 months ago by Thelma Meyer
I bought it for my son and so far I did not get any feedback.Published 16 months ago by nada ana tolve
Adam Nicolson is always fascinating and this time he has delved into a subject that probes deeply into the nature of humanity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ben Traveller
The book itself is brilliant; just a shame it took so long to deliver.Published 19 months ago by Dominick
Beautiful and intrancing, a voice from the past, this is where all Greek and subsequently roman belief in the after life and the gods originated from.Published 21 months ago by Spinoza
its a translation - still very difficult to read - but that says more about me than Homer
i guess im more simpson than greek
needed this for uni - absolutely amazing and I cannot stress how amazing lattimores translation is! If you are looking for a good iliad translation i would highly recommend this... Read morePublished 23 months ago by choimiss
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