The Iliad (Paperback)
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Homer's Iliad is the greatest and most influential epic poem ever written, telling of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy. This Penguin Classics edition was originally translated by E.V. Rieu, revised and updated with an introduction and notes by Peter Jones and D.C.H. Rieu.

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War.

At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - even though he knows this will ensure his own untimely death.

Interwoven with this tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, of the domestic world inside Troy's besieged city of Ilium, and of the conflicts between the Gods on Olympus as they argue over the fate of mortals.

E.V. Rieu's acclaimed translation of The Iliad was one of the first titles published in Penguin Classics, and now has classic status itself. For this edition, Rieu's text has been revised, and now a new introduction and notes by Peter Jones complement the original introduction.

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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140447941
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 383 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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“Window into another world”

Homer used the arrival of writing to draw on the poetic tradition of generations fashion a new type of artwork, the epic, an early iron age window onto the bronze age. The Iliad describes a few weeks of intense... More

Paperback edition
4th July 2013
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“Best translation yet”

I've always been a fan of Martin Hammond's prose translation of The Iliad, which brings the violence, humour, detail, characters and world to life so effectively. Until I read this new verse translation,... More

Hardback edition
19th October 2011
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“Buy this book”

I love this book: the translation is clear and powerful - it propels you straight into the carnage of bronze age warfare and politics, where you feel the heat and the dust, hear the crash of armour and see the blood... More

Paperback edition
21st October 2010
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