Translated and revised by Robert Fagles, this edition of The Iliad provides a readable version of the ancient tale of the Trojan Wars. Designed to make the flow of this classic poem accessible to modern readers, the translator has not attempted to produce a literal line-for-line translation of the original work by Homer. This version provides readers with a faithful but flexible rendition of the famous story of the siege of ancient Troy. The subject matter is filled with references to war and violent behavior, pagan gods and goddesses, along with references to the passions of men, so readers should be prepared to confront such issues if they choose to pick up this classic book. This resource is included in the Well Planned Gal Ancient Civilizations' curriculum. 600 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
The great war epic of Western literature, in a stunning translation by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer's timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably tothe wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of theIliadis grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of theIliad's mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls "an astonishing performance."
When Helen of Sparta, the wife of Menelaus, is stolen away by Paris, the Prince of Troy, Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon declare war against Troy. A war that has continued for ten years, Homer's epic poem, the Iliad, opens with a disagreement between the Greek military commander Agamemnon and his greatest warrior Achilles. When Achilles withdraws from the army following the argument, the Greeks soon suffer great loses. Achilles' close friend Patroclus devises a plan to help his struggling comrades, and the Greeks are able to regain ground but at the high cost of Patroclus's life. Enraged by this, Achilles seeks to avenge his friend's death, and in turn takes the lives of hundreds of Trojan soldiers and that of Patroclus's killer, Hector, the son of the King of Troy. The poem ends with the Trojan king Priam begging Achilles for his son's body. pb. ~ Enh