Iliad (Paperback)
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Iliad (Paperback)

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Paperback 574 Pages / Published: 12/03/1997
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Gripping. . . . Lombardo's achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task. . . . [He] manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten reworking of a great classic. --Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
ISBN: 9780872203525
Number of pages: 574
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm


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"It is hard to overstate the attractions of this translation. In a rhythm sinewy and flexible, with language that is precise, lyrical and fresh, Lombardo's Iliad pulses with all the power and luminosity of the Greek. He shows extraordinary sensitivity to the images and aural effects of the ancient poem. There are brilliant touches on every page... The narrator's voice sounds contemporary without losing authority or resonance, while his heroes from an archaic time speak a racy, hard-bitten idiom completely recognisable to our own Iron Age. Altogether this is as good as Homer gets in English." -- Richard P Martin, Professor of Classics, Princeton University.
Gripping. . . . Lombardo's achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task. . . . [He] manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten reworking of a great classic. --Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Times Book Review
Accessible as Lombardo's translation is, it is rendered even more so by the superb Introduction by Sheila Murnaghan, which provides a rich but lucid discussion of the classical context of the epic. This handsome, superbly done Iliad will be enjoyed by everyone. Highly recommended. --T. F. Merrill, Library Journal
". . . remarkably true to the centrality of performance in Homer, the varied pacing and tone, the clarity, speed, narrative drive, and moments of breathtaking beauty. . . ." --Rachel Hadas, Rutgers University

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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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