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The Iliad

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The rage sing, O goddess, of Achilles, the son of Peleus,

the destructive anger that brought ten-thousand pains to the

Achaeans and sent many brave souls of fighting men to the house

of Hades and made their bodies a feast for dogs

and all kinds of birds. For such was the will of Zeus.

Thus begins one of the oldest and most important works in Western literature. First recorded in the eighth century BC, Homer's Iliad has captivated readers ever since, and its raw and evocative depiction of warfare is as poignant today as it was in Archaic Greece. It is a song about a war fought long ago, whose themes — anger, glory, honor, hate, love, death, terror, violence, and forgiveness — remain timeless.

In this new translation, distinguished Homerist Barry B. Powell provides an original rendition of the epic that is graceful, lucid, and energetic. Powell's tight and balanced rhythms evoke a continuous "stream of sound," approximating Homer's Greek better than any previous English translation. This is an Iliad at its simplest and most direct, though firmly attuned to its astonishing range and complexity.

The translator's accompanying introduction masterfully captures the historical authority of the Iliad as a touchstone of Western culture. Synthesizing a lifetime of inquiry and original scholarship, Powell convincingly shows how the invention of the Greek alphabet made Homer the most studied of ancient poets and placed the Iliad at the core of Western civilization.

Enriched with informative footnotes, illustrations from classical artwork, maps, a Homeric timeline, and a glossary, this new Iliad is sure to become the definitive translation.

Synopsis:

The Iliad is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, for which Barry Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a magnificent new translation. Graceful, lucid, and energetic, Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of Homer's Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language.

Accessible, poetic, and accurate, Powell's translation is an excellent fit for today's students. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, it exposes them to all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Iliad. Both the translation and the introduction are informed by the best recent scholarship.

FEATURES

* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity

* Powell's introduction sets the poem in its philological, mythological, and historical contexts

* Features unique on-page notes, facilitating students' engagement with the poem

* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages in each of the poem's twenty-four books

* Eight maps (the most of any available translation) provide geographic context for the poem's many place names

* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of fifteen important passages are available at www.oup.com/us/powell and indicated in the text margin by an icon

Synopsis:

Homer's Iliad is one of the foundational texts of Western Civilization. The timelessness of its story, of men battling fate amidst the horrors of war, still stirs the imaginations of readers year after year. What is offered here is the first translation by someone who is both an eminent scholar and published poet. Based on his thorough familiarity with Homeric language, Powell's free verse translation preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original, while recreating the original feel and sound of the oral-formulaic style. By avoiding the stylistic formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, he deftly captures and conveys the most essential truths of this vital text. Helpfully included in this edition are a detailed introduction, illustrations, maps, and notes. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the Greek, Powell steers a middle path between the most well-known translations and adds something unique to the canon.

About the Author

Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Maps

List of Figures

Preface

Introduction

Acknowledgments

About the Translator

Maps

Homeric Timeline

Book 1: The Anger of Achilles

Book 2: False Dream and the Catalog of Ships

Book 3: A Duel to the Death

Book 4: Trojan Treachery, Bitter War

Book 5: The Glory of Diomedes

Book 6: Hector and Andromachê Say Goodbye

Book 7: The Duel Between Hector and Ajax

Book 8: Zeus Fulfills his Promise

Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles

Book 10: The Exploits of Dolon

Book 11: The Glory of Agamemnon and The Wounding of the Captains

Book 12: Attack on the Wall

Book 13: The Battle at the Ships

Book 14: Zeus Deceived

Book 15: Counterattack

Book 16: The Glory of Patroklos

Book 17: Fight Over the Corpse of Patroklos

Book 18: The Shield of Achilles

Book 19: Agamemnon's Apology

Book 20: The Dual Between Hector and Ajax

Book 21: Fight with the River; Battle of the Gods

Book 22: The Killing of Hector

Book 23: The Funeral of Patroklos

Book 24: The Ransom of Hector

Bibliography

Credits

Pronouncing Glossary/Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199326105
Author:
Homer
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Powell, Barry B.
Author:
Morris, Ian
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Classical Studies | Classical Literature in Translation
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Classics
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
59 illus.
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.4 x 1.6 in 2.2 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Epic
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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"Synopsis" by , The Iliad is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, for which Barry Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a magnificent new translation. Graceful, lucid, and energetic, Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of Homer's Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language.

Accessible, poetic, and accurate, Powell's translation is an excellent fit for today's students. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, it exposes them to all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Iliad. Both the translation and the introduction are informed by the best recent scholarship.

FEATURES

* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity

* Powell's introduction sets the poem in its philological, mythological, and historical contexts

* Features unique on-page notes, facilitating students' engagement with the poem

* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages in each of the poem's twenty-four books

* Eight maps (the most of any available translation) provide geographic context for the poem's many place names

* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of fifteen important passages are available at www.oup.com/us/powell and indicated in the text margin by an icon

"Synopsis" by , Homer's Iliad is one of the foundational texts of Western Civilization. The timelessness of its story, of men battling fate amidst the horrors of war, still stirs the imaginations of readers year after year. What is offered here is the first translation by someone who is both an eminent scholar and published poet. Based on his thorough familiarity with Homeric language, Powell's free verse translation preserves the clarity and simplicity of the original, while recreating the original feel and sound of the oral-formulaic style. By avoiding the stylistic formality of earlier translations, and the colloquial and sometimes exaggerated effects of recent attempts, he deftly captures and conveys the most essential truths of this vital text. Helpfully included in this edition are a detailed introduction, illustrations, maps, and notes. Modern and pleasing to the ear while accurately reflecting the meaning of the Greek, Powell steers a middle path between the most well-known translations and adds something unique to the canon.
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