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The Iliad by [Homer]
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The Iliad Kindle Edition

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Length: 190 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A Look Inside: The Iliad [Click Images to Enlarge]

Seven Lines
First Seven Lines of the Iliad: This reconstruction is based on what we know about the earliest Greek orthography.

Walls of Troy
The Walls of Troy: The translator standing before the walls of the sixth city at Troy.

The Judgment of Paris: On the right a youthful Paris sits on a stone in a rural location. The sheep near his feet indicates that he is a shepherd. Athenian red-figure water jar, c. 450 BC.

The Rage of Achilles: The seated Agamemnon holds the scepter of authority and sits on a throne, his lower body wrapped in a robe. Athena seizes Achilles from behind by the hair. Roman mosaic from Pompeii, c. First Century AD.
The Wedding of Zeus and Hera: A half-naked Zeus, sitting on a rock, clasps the wrist of Hera. One of her breasts is exposed as Hera removes her head covering in a traditional gesture of submission. c. 540 BC
Hephaistos Prepares Arms for Achilles: The smithy-god, bearded and wearing a felt cap, sits in an elaborately draped hall on a platform holding a cloth with which he is polishing the finished shield. Between him and Thetis are the breastplate and the shinguards (the surface of the fresco is damaged here). From Pompeii, c. AD 60.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Following Stephen Mitchell’s superbly cadenced translation by a mere two years, Powell’s Iliad may not get the popular attention it deserves. That would be a great shame, for while Mitchell’s line is more singing, Powell’s very similar five-beat line is scarcely inferior. It, too, maintains the great forward momentum of Homer’s narration—it’s magnetically readable. But Powell puts explanatory notes at the pages’ feet rather than in an appendix like Mitchell, who probably doesn’t want to distract the reader from the narrative flow. Nevertheless, the footnotes’ greater accessibility is welcome. Whereas Mitchell’s introduction is primarily concerned with the qualities of the text, Powell’s longer one is much more historical, concerned with the evolution of writing; the nature of oral literature; Homer’s influence on Greek and Western history; the historical probabilities behind The Iliad; and what Homer’s portrayal of motivation and character—divine as well as human—reveals about a society creating literature out of oral traditions. Adding attractiveness as well as cultural supplementation, Powell also disperses more than 50 illustrations depicting moments in the poem, all drawn from Hellenic pottery and Roman frescoes. It’s tempting to think of Powell’s as a student’s and of Mitchell’s as a reader’s Iliad, but any library that can accommodate both really ought to. They’re both invaluable versions for the twenty-first century. --Ray Olson --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : March 23, 2017
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 190 pages
  • Publisher : Homer (March 23, 2017)
  • File Size : 1059 KB
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1976189896
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 2,957 ratings