The Iliad (Penguin Classics)


READ THE STORY BEHIND THE NEW BBC/NETFLIX EPIC SERIES, TROY- FALL OF A CITYHigh on Olympus, Zeus and the assembled deities look down on the world of men, to the city of Troy where a bitter and bloody war has dragged into its tenth year, and a quarrel rages between a legendary warrior and his commander. Greek ships decay, men languish, exhausted, and behind the walls of Troy a desperate people await the next turn of fate.This is theIliad- an ancient story of enduring power; magnetic characters defined by stirring and momentous speeches; a panorama of human lives locked in a heroic struggle beneath a mischievous or indifferent heaven. Above all, this is a tale of the devastation, waste and pity of war.Caroline Alexander's virtuoso translation captures the rhythms and energy of Homer's original Greek while making the text as accessible as possible to a modern reader, accompanied by extensive extra material to provide a background to the poem.The result of 3,000 years of story-telling, Homer's epic tale of the fall of Troy has resonated with every age and every human conflict- this is theIliadat its most electrifying and vital.


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Much the best modern prose translation of the Iliad -- Robin Lane Fox * Financial Times * This new prose translation of the Iliad is outstandingly good . . . to read it is to be gripped by it * Classical Review * Superbly direct and eloquent . . . by its sensitivity, fluency, and flexibility, it will win a permanent place on the shelves of Homer-lovers -- Martin Fagg * Times Educational Supplement * Martin Hammond's new version is the best and most accurate there has ever been, as smooth as cream but as clear as water . . . Hammond's Iliad deserves to become a standard book -- Peter Levi * Independent * Surely the best Iliad in quite a few decades * Greece & Rome Journal * Here is a fine Iliad for our times, to be read with great pleasure -- Philip Howard * The Times *

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  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : 9780140444445
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : December 1987
  • : stationery