This book is an excellent purchase alongside The Iliad. It was an indispensable addition and help to my study and understanding of this widely accepted cornerstone of western culture. If you are going to make the morethan worthwhile effort of reading and exploring Lattimores very good translation of what must be one of the most emotive and all encompassing stories of human suffering and redemption then this book is a must.
This book is invaluable if you are reading Lattimore's Iliad for the first time. Along with book summaries, it gives a line-by-line commentary explaining the historical context of some of Homer's character phrases, as well as meanings of words that are unfamiliar. It made my first reading of the Iliad much more easy and enjoyable. This is recommended not only to first-time readers but also to people who want a deeper knowledge into Homer's world.
This is a great book; a wonderful companion to the translation of the Iliad which was completed so masterfully by Richmond Lattimore. Willcock has used his own expertise on the subject of Homer and the Iliad to offer additional material of use and interest to a reader of the Iliad. Obviously his work can be used with other translations as well, but the neatness of the work in conjunction with Lattimore's translation offers a really full experience of the Homeric world. Definitely recommended.