- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Rev Upd edition (6 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014139465X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141394657
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.5 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Iliad (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Hardcover – 6 Nov 2014
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Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics. Atlantic Monthly
Fitzgerald s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time. Library Journal
[Fitzgerald s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase. The Yale Review
What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald s. National Review
With an Introduction by Gregory Nagy"
"Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics." -Atlantic Monthly
"Fitzgerald's swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before...This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time."-Library Journal
"[Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase." -The Yale Review
"What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald's." -National Review
With an Introduction by Gregory Nagy
About the Author
Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey are attributed. The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived. E. V. Rieu initiated Penguin Classics with Allen Lane and his famous translation of the Odyssey was the first book published in the series in 1947. The Iliad followed in 1950.
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Top Customer Reviews
Happy with it as my first copy of the Iliad. I will check out Alexander Pope's version after as I can see it too, is very well written.
Also, the way the ancient Greeks had finer minds than the modern Greeks, well Chapman has a finer mind than modern poets. William Shakespeare is not the anomaly they tell us in school. Its seems that they were all at in in those days!
Another resonance with ancient Greece. Only the Hellenic elite could read in the ancient world and in Elizabethan England, if you could read then you are also part of the intellectual elite. So this is another reason why this book is so hard to read, it was aimed at a small group of intellects. Chapman was not writing for hoi polloi.
So check it out and the price is bargain!
The story is set in the final year of the great Trojan War between the Greeks and the rich, proud city of Troy. The war was started when Paris, the handsome godlike prince of Troy stole or eloped with Helen, wife of Menelaus, King of Lacedaemon. She refused to go back to her wedded husband who, as far as he was concerned, believed she had been kidnapped. So ensued ten years of bitter bloody war that involved some of the greatest and most illustrious names in pre-writing Grecian history (or myth): Odysseus, Agamemnon, Ajax and the two central heroes, Achilles (on the Greek side) and Hector (on the Trojan side).
This book is, if anything, an incredible rush. Homer will make your hair stand on its roots and his pace and rhythm (as translated by Fagles) will make your heart race. Also captivating are the sideline schemes of the Gods - Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Poseidon etc - all supporting different sides and torn with grief when a favourite is doomed to hit the dust.Read more ›
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With many books, translations are negligible, with two obvious exceptions, one is the Bible, and surprisingly the other is The Iliad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bernie
The cover is beautiful. If you're looking for a shelf-piece then this is certainly a good item. I have another copy which I used for studying, and the translation is good. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can read Homer in original ancient greek and I found that R. Fagle's verse rendition is as close as it comes to the original. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Methaya Sirichit
Arrived in brilliant condition and is great quality. It has been a brilliant read.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Good non-dry translation of good story with good academic notes. All good, then!Published 8 months ago by AgentMulderUK