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ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP

The story of the Trojan War, an epic tale of men and gods, of the heroes and horrors of war.

THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:


  • A concise introduction that gives readers important background information
  • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
  • An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations
  • Detailed explanatory notes
  • Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work
  • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
  • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience


Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.

SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON

Topics: Mythology, War, Ancient Greece, Trojan War, Greek Mythology, Heroes, Kings, Adventurous, Violent, Poetic, Poetry, Translated, Ancient Times, Greece, Epic, and Literary Criticism

Published: Simon & Schuster on Aug 1, 2006
ISBN: 9781416540151
List price: $12.38
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Of course, one of the great works of classical antiquity. If you decide to read it, I recommend first learning a smattering of classical mythology and of the historical and cultural context. I read the Barnes&Noble 1995 edition of the 1898 translation by Samuel Butler, which also contains a preface by him. The translation is highly readable prose without footnotes. A glossary identifies the gods and goddesses, Greeks, Trojans, women of Troy, and the scene of the action. Much fun!read more
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The Grand-Daddy of all epic tales!I had never read the Iliad before now, and since it was assigned to me in my current college course, I really had no choice but to embrace it. What a great read! I knew most of the storyline of course through general knowledge of mythology and Greek legend and also (though I cringe a little to say it) from the film, Troy. If you haven't read the Iliad and fancy yourself a fan of legend or fantasy novels, I would highly recommend it. For those out there who aren't purists and want a version that is very easily read and understood, I would stick to the Stanley Lombardo translation over all others. Lombardo has a way of translating the text in such a way that uses more modern language and terms and makes the text much easier to follow than most other translations of older texts that I have attempted to read.As for the story itself, it is filled with action, adventure, war, love, the meddling and politics of the Gods themselves and a great deal more. Achilles is the star of the show so to speak, but I found myself rooting more for Patroclus, Hector and several others as I read through the text. There are a score of likable and detestable characters that all stand out in their own way. Truly a fun read and one that I wish that I had read earlier as I'm sure that it gets better upon subsequent readings.read more
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I believe I've read all of the major western classical epics. This is the best.read more
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Of course, one of the great works of classical antiquity. If you decide to read it, I recommend first learning a smattering of classical mythology and of the historical and cultural context. I read the Barnes&Noble 1995 edition of the 1898 translation by Samuel Butler, which also contains a preface by him. The translation is highly readable prose without footnotes. A glossary identifies the gods and goddesses, Greeks, Trojans, women of Troy, and the scene of the action. Much fun!
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The Grand-Daddy of all epic tales!I had never read the Iliad before now, and since it was assigned to me in my current college course, I really had no choice but to embrace it. What a great read! I knew most of the storyline of course through general knowledge of mythology and Greek legend and also (though I cringe a little to say it) from the film, Troy. If you haven't read the Iliad and fancy yourself a fan of legend or fantasy novels, I would highly recommend it. For those out there who aren't purists and want a version that is very easily read and understood, I would stick to the Stanley Lombardo translation over all others. Lombardo has a way of translating the text in such a way that uses more modern language and terms and makes the text much easier to follow than most other translations of older texts that I have attempted to read.As for the story itself, it is filled with action, adventure, war, love, the meddling and politics of the Gods themselves and a great deal more. Achilles is the star of the show so to speak, but I found myself rooting more for Patroclus, Hector and several others as I read through the text. There are a score of likable and detestable characters that all stand out in their own way. Truly a fun read and one that I wish that I had read earlier as I'm sure that it gets better upon subsequent readings.
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I believe I've read all of the major western classical epics. This is the best.
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For those who enjoy different versions of Homer, this is a splendidly clear and fast paced, abridged version of the Iliad by a major 20th century literary theorist. He has been forgotten in recent years, which is a pity. Richards is an exhilarating rediscovery.
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This is the original great war story. The translation here is phenomenal. Keeping the epic verse is key to getting a good read of this and here it is beautiful and informative.
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I did it. I finally read it. Forty years after graduating high school, I made myself read it. I'd studied Latin for four years, read the Aeneid, and was very familiar with the story in general. It had its moments, and I feel sure that a part of what made it less than glorious was reading it in a translation. I suspect that Butler's is not the best translation, though at this point, I am not willing to explore others. Nevertheless, there were far too many battles for my taste. It's just not that interesting to me. Hack and cut and hew and stab. However, I also fall asleep during fight scenes in movies, so admittedly this is not my strong suit. I imagine that I would enjoy the Odyssey more, but that's just going to have to wait a bit.
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