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Iliad by Homer
Book DescriptionA work of tremendous influence that has inspired writers from his ancient Greek contemporaries to modernist writers such as T.S. Eliot, Homer's epic poem "The Iliad" is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction and notes by Bernard Knox in "Penguin Classics". 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, Achilles storms back into battle to take revenge - although knowing this will ensure his own early 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. 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. If you enjoyed "The Iliad", you might like "The Odyssey", also available in "Penguin Classics". "An astonishing performance". (Peter Levi). "Plain and direct, noble, above all rapid...leading the reader forward with an irresistible flow. [Fagles'] version is imbued with humanity". (Oliver Taplin, "The New York Times Book Review"). "Robert Fagles has given us an Iliad to read aloud: eloquent, rhythmical, and full of power". (Jasper Griffin, Oxford University).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140445923
(196mm x 138mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Homer
Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives. Both works attributed to Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original.
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