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Ιλιάς Dating to the ninth century BC 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 to the wrenching tragic conclusion of the Trojan War Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is 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 winner of the PENRalph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 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 the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance”

About the Author: Homer

Όμηρος is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature and have had an enormous influence on the history of literatureWhen he lived is unknown Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time which would place him at around 850 BCE while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War in the early 12th century BCE Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BCEThe formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece Homer's works which are about fifty percent speeches provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds

10 thoughts on “Ιλιάς

  1. says:

    3½ starsTwo mysteries were solved by my finally finishing The Iliad 1 It is so obvious why these Ancient Greek stories have survived for so many years it's all gory violence and sex Homer tapped into these marketing tools early 2 I now understand why puritanical attitudes toward female sexuality developed Pretty much everything bad that happens is caused by Helen of Troy slut that I am running off wi

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    What I learned from this book in no particular order1 Victory or defeat in ancient Greek wars is primarily the result of marital spats andor petty sibling rivalry in Zeus and Hera’s dysfunctional divine household2 Zeus “the father of gods and men” is a henpecked husband who is also partial to domestic abuse3 If you take a pretty girl who is the daughter of a priest of Apollo as war booty and refuse to ha

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    Pablo Picasso spent his entire life trying desperately to do something new something uniue He moved from style to style mastering and then abandoning both modern and classical methods even trying to teach his trained artist's hand to paint like a childIn 1940 four French teens and a dog stumbled upon a cave that had lain hidden for 16000 years Inside they found the walls covered in beautiful drawings of men and animals

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    Ἰλιάς The Iliad Homer The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter traditionally attributed to Homer Set during the Trojan War the ten year siege of the city of Troy Ilium by a coalition of Greek states it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a uarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior AchillesCharacters Ajax Odysseus Helen of Troy Menelaus Paris Hector Achilles Agamemnon Aeneas Sarped

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    as a native english speaker im not exposed to translated books very often; so this reread is the first time where i have truly comprehended the significance of a translation and how it can either make or break a story i first read parts of ‘the iliad’ back when i was in school and i just remember the text being very stiff and formal it did not hold my attention at all because i couldnt understand it but as i have come to love this s

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    Everyone knows the Iliad And everyone talks about it But here I only want to discuss one forgotten element of it An element ESSENTIAL to constructing a valid modern worldview for EACH of usI always avoided applying this element to my daily life But I was wrong so wrongRei Pasa Those two words sum it all upThey were written by a Greek gentleman who was roughly the contemporary of Homer Heraclitus the ancient pre Socratic philosopherRei pasa every

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    At my college graduation the speaker was a gruff professor He was one of those older men whom people somewhat patronizingly describe as a teddy bear to convey the idea that while he looks like Santa Claus they wouldn’t be surprised to see him arraigned on assault charges at the local courthouse I liked this professor in general and his graduation speech was a grand warm congratulations on a crisp early summer day He decided to inform us however that an

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    This is a must read for every italian boys and girls at school many years ago the ministry of education put it with Dante and Manzoni as a fixed programm to study for all the young italians; we begin to study Iliade from middle then up to High school and then at College if you choose humanistic studiesi will never forget my teacher at Liceo Classico kind of Classical studies high school that gifted us with brilliant lessons about Dante BoccaccioPetrarca Manzoni

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    I’m often kept up at night brooding on my troubles wishing I could find some solace that would help me sleep But now I know that the best way to keep insomnia at bay is to get out of bed hitch up my chariot tie the corpse of my mortal enemy to the back and drive around for a few hours dragging him until I cheer up and can go back to sleep The Iliad is unmatched in my reading for works that describe the bloody ridiculous selfish lengths people will go in order to feel be

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    TROY VI THE INVENTION OF ACHILLES “The Classics it is the Classics” William Blake is said to have exclaimed with pointed reference to Homer “ that Desolate Europe with Wars”Blake's exclamation might not be as atrocious as it sounds at first There might be some truth to this a universal truthSignificantly however this is not how the ancients understood it They understood war as the catastrophe that it isStrabo the Roman geographer talking about the Trojan wars puts it thus

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