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The Iliad

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ISBN13: 9780140275360
ISBN10: 0140275363
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Awards

Winner of the Academy of American Poets 1991 London Translation Award

Synopses & Reviews

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The great war epic of Western literature, translated by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles

 

Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homers 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 PEN/Ralph 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 Homers poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliads mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”

This Penguin Classics Deluxe edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

Review:

"Plain and direct, noble, above all rapid...leading the reader forward with an irresistible flow. More readable than Lattimore or Fitzgerald, and more performable...[Fagles'] version is imbued with humanity." Oliver Taplin, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Fagles can claim to be the twentieth-century champion." Donald Lyons, The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Tremendous eloquence...an Iliad primed for grandeur...the result is a glory that can encompass that shuddering last month of the war...a nobility and a sweep hitherto unknown in English Iliads." Douglass Parker, The New Republic

Review:

"[Fagles's version] has many admirable qualities. The author has taken great care to make it easy for people unfamiliar with Greek mythology to understand the poet....His beautifully produced book is equipped with maps, glossaries, and aids to pronunciation....Its value to the many professors who teach Homer in translation will be considerable. Apart from these external advantages, it has a good many intrinsic merits....[Fagles'] version is undeniably rapid. It is also plain and direct....[However], he is deficient in nobility." The New York Review of Books

Review:

"Robert Fagles is the best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English." Garry Wills, The New Yorker

Review:

"Fagles' [translation] is more supple than Lattimore's, more sinewy than Fitzgerald's. [He] has done what any translator must do, which is to make dozens of decisions in each line, hundreds on each page. Most of them, in this version, are sensible and shrewd, at least reasonable and quite often brilliant." The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Robert Fagles now offers a verse translation that explains what readers need to know, in clear, vigorous language that still retains a sense of the sweep and the sonority of the original." The Washington Post

Synopsis:

This poem recounts the story of the Trojan wars, conveying the horror and heroism of men and gods battling amidst devastation and destruction. In his introduction, Knox observes that although the violence is relentless, it co-exists with both images of civilized life and a yearning for peace.

Synopsis:

Dating to the ninth century BC, Homers 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 brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homers poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliads mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”

Synopsis:

This timeless poem-more than 2,700 year old-still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amid devastation and destruction as it moves inexorably to its wrenching, tragic conclusion. Readers of this epic poem will be gripped by the finely tuned translation and enlightening introduction.

Translated by Robert Fagles

Introduction and Notes by Bernard

About the Author

Robert Fagles, the winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Yale University.

Bernard Knox is Director Emeritus of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

The Iliad Translator's Preface

Introduction

Introduction

The Spelling and Pronunciation of Homeric Names

Maps

Homer: The Iliad

Book 1: The Rage of Achilles

Book 2: The Great Gathering of Armies

Book 3: Helen Reviews the Champions

Book 4: The Truce Erupts in War

Book 5: Diomodes Fights the Gods

Book 6: Hector Returns to Troy

Book 7: Ajax Duels in Hector

Book 8: The Tide of Battle Turns

Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles

Book 10: Marauding Through the Night

Book 11: Agamemnon's Day of Glory

Book 12: The Trojans Storm the Rampart

Book 13: Battling for the Ships

Book 14: Hera Outflanks Zeus

Book 15: The Achaean Armies at Bay

Book 16: Patroclus Fights and Dies

Book 17: Menalaus' Finest Hour

Book 18: The Shield of Achilles

Book 19: The Champion Arms for Battle

Book 20: olympian Gods in Arms

Book 21: Achilles Fights the River

Book 22: The Death of Hector

Book 23: Funeral Games for Patroclus

Book 24: Achilles and Priam

Notes

The Genealogy of the Royal House of Troy

Textual Variants from the Oxford Classical Text

Notes on the Translation

Suggestions for Further Reading

Pronouncing Glossary

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doowahditty, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by doowahditty)
The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, is undoubtedly wonderful poetry that makes you marvel at word choice and rhetorical construction. Yet it moves with the speed of an adventure novel. In other words, it exemplifies (as no other translation has for me) what scholars have been telling us about Homer for centuries. I don't understand classical Greek, so I can't read Homer in the original, but it seems Fagles has given me something very, very close indeed. In fact, Fagles' translations of Homer's "The Odyssey" and Virgil's "The Aenied" make a sublime trilogy of ancient myth. To hear it as Homer must have spoken it (it was first an oral composition, of course) I recommend the audiobook with Derek Jacobi's interpretation of "The Iliad" as translated by Fagles. Stupendous!
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BGP, October 10, 2009 (view all comments by BGP)
The Iliad is a genuine classic, sure to please aficionados and students of: poetry; mythology; ancient history; military literature; rhetoric; and epic fiction in general. Be that as it may, I must state that I wasn't entirely pleased with the most recent adaptation, in which: Menelaus was portrayed by Cheney; Agamemnon by Bush; Achilles by Rumsfeld; Ajax by Powell; Priam by Saddam; Paris by the rather abstract, but quite real, blowback from America's (specifically, the Reagan Administration's) foreign policy; Helen by Saddam's delusory and dramatically overstated weapons program, and so on and so forth...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140275360
Translator:
Fagles, Robert
Introduction:
Knox, Bernard MacGregor Walke
Translator:
Fagles, Robert
Author:
Knox, Bernard
Author:
Homer Fagles, Robert(translator)
Author:
Homer
Author:
Fagles, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Achilles (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Trojan War
Subject:
Trojan War -- Poetry.
Subject:
Achilles
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.6 x 1.87 in 1.58 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 704 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140275360 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Plain and direct, noble, above all rapid...leading the reader forward with an irresistible flow. More readable than Lattimore or Fitzgerald, and more performable...[Fagles'] version is imbued with humanity."
"Review" by , "Fagles can claim to be the twentieth-century champion."
"Review" by , "Tremendous eloquence...an Iliad primed for grandeur...the result is a glory that can encompass that shuddering last month of the war...a nobility and a sweep hitherto unknown in English Iliads."
"Review" by , "[Fagles's version] has many admirable qualities. The author has taken great care to make it easy for people unfamiliar with Greek mythology to understand the poet....His beautifully produced book is equipped with maps, glossaries, and aids to pronunciation....Its value to the many professors who teach Homer in translation will be considerable. Apart from these external advantages, it has a good many intrinsic merits....[Fagles'] version is undeniably rapid. It is also plain and direct....[However], he is deficient in nobility."
"Review" by , "Robert Fagles is the best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English."
"Review" by , "Fagles' [translation] is more supple than Lattimore's, more sinewy than Fitzgerald's. [He] has done what any translator must do, which is to make dozens of decisions in each line, hundreds on each page. Most of them, in this version, are sensible and shrewd, at least reasonable and quite often brilliant."
"Review" by , "Robert Fagles now offers a verse translation that explains what readers need to know, in clear, vigorous language that still retains a sense of the sweep and the sonority of the original."
"Synopsis" by , This poem recounts the story of the Trojan wars, conveying the horror and heroism of men and gods battling amidst devastation and destruction. In his introduction, Knox observes that although the violence is relentless, it co-exists with both images of civilized life and a yearning for peace.
"Synopsis" by ,
Dating to the ninth century BC, Homers 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 brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homers poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliads mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”

"Synopsis" by , This timeless poem-more than 2,700 year old-still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amid devastation and destruction as it moves inexorably to its wrenching, tragic conclusion. Readers of this epic poem will be gripped by the finely tuned translation and enlightening introduction.

Translated by Robert Fagles

Introduction and Notes by Bernard

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