- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Slp edition (September 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147505607
- ISBN-13: 978-0147505606
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.9 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid box set: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 30, 2009
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" Robert Fagles is the best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English."
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" Mr. Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet timeless."
-Richard Jenkyns, "The New York Times Book Review"
" Robert Fagles gives the full range of Virgil's drama, grandeur, and pathos in vigorous, supple modern English. It is fitting that one of the great translators of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" in our times should also emerge as a surpassing translator of "The Aeneid"."
-J. M. Coetzee
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Homer was a Greek poet, recognized as the author of the great epics, the Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy, and the Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses’s wanderings.
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First, out of all of the translations out there, this one ranks among the best. I do not read ancient Greek, so I can't comment in terms of the accuracy of the translation itself; however, these translations attain an admirable feat in that the language employed is clear and easily understandable while retaining an epic feel. I have read two other translations of the Iliad, the one by Lattimore and the one by Lombardo, and enjoyed each for the strengths that the translators bring to the table. Lattimore feels impressively epic and is, supposedly, much more faithful to the original Greek (great for students of ancient Greek), while Lombardo is a faster-paced, energetic rendering, if not a little too colloquial at times. For me, this translation feels like a happy balance between the two. The English has a nicer flow than the Lattimore, but it also feels more epic than the Lombardo.
Second, this set just looks great. This might be a little shallow, but I'm the kind of person who likes to have books that look nice on a shelf and feel good while being read. The paperback binding, cover-art, and page thickness for each volume is perfect. I also like how the set lines up well when placed in my bookcase. I'm not sure if I'll keep the cover for the set or not, but either way, I really like the appearance, and I doubt you'll be disappointed with the look and feel of these volumes.
If you're looking for a set of these three classic epics that is high quality both in the quality of writing and its physical appearance, you need look no further.
On top of that, the set is absolutely beautiful. I've recently begun collecting books and this box set looks amazing on the shelf, and in your hands. I prefer paperbacks, which these are, but they have the ornate look and design of a hardcover. This is about as good as a paperback gets. I definitely recommend reading each of these poems at least once, and this is a great edition to read and to own.