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The Iliad
2003
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Characters
Achilles (Male), Warrior, Greek,
Helen (Female), Trojan, Married, Legendary beauty
Paris (Male), Trojan, Helen's lover; Priam's son
Hector (Male), Warrior, Trojan, Priam's son
Menelaus (Male), Married, Helen's husband; Agamemnon's brother
King of Troy Priam (Male), Father,
King of the Achaians Agamemnon (Male),
Genre
Classic
Epic
Novel in verse
Mythology
Historical
War
Fiction
Topics
Trojan War
Gods and goddesses
Deception
Setting
Troy -
Time Period
-- B.C. 13th century
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  Library Journal Review

Why another Iliad? Just as Homer's work existed most fully in its performance, so the Homeric texts call periodically for new translations. With this in mind, Fagles offers a new verse rendering of the Iliad. Maneuvering between the literal and the literary, he tries with varying degrees of success to suggest the vigor and manner of the original while producing readable poetry in English. Thus, he avoids the anachronizing of Robert Fitzgerald's translation, while being more literal than Richard Lattimore's. Fagles's efforts are accompanied by a long and penetrating introduction by Bernard Knox, coupled with detailed glossary and textual notes.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
<p> 'The first great book, and the first great book about the suffering and loss of war' Guardian </p> <p>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, who refuses 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 - knowing this will ensure his own early death. 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.</p> <p>Originally translated by E. V. RIEU<br> Revised and updated by PETER JONES with D. C. H. RIEU<br> Edited with an Introduction and notes by PETER JONES</p>
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