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One of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2 011

Tolstoy called the Iliad a miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer’s story is thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations haven’t been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original. Now, thanks to the power of Stephen Mitchell’s language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life, and we are carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Mitchell’s Iliad is also the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In addition, Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation.

Synopsis:

One of the New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011—from the renowned translator of Rilke, Tao Te Ching, and Gilgamesh, a vivid new translation of Western civilization’s foundational epic: the Iliad.

In Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad, the dramatic legend resounds again across 2,700 years, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flows in every word. And we are there with them, amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

     Mitchell’s Iliad is the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar M. L. West, whose edition of the original Greek deletes many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text, clarifying our understanding and appreciation.

     Now, thanks to Stephen Mitchell’s scholarship and the power of his language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life.

About the Author

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and to create versions that are definitive for our time. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, The Book of Job, Bhagavad Gita, and The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Visit him at StephenMitchellBooks.com. Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and to create versions that are definitive for our time. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, The Book of Job, Bhagavad Gita, and The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Visit him at StephenMitchellBooks.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439163382
Author:
Homer
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Mitchell, Stephen
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
Iliad verse translation; Iliad English translation; Iliad Stephen Mitchell Translation; Illiad Stephen Mitchell translation; Illiad verse translation; Achilles; Patroclus; Hector; Priam; Trojan War; Martin L. West Iliad; Stephen Mitchell translator; Iliad
Subject:
Iliad verse translation; Iliad English translation; Iliad Stephen Mitchell Translation; Illiad Stephen Mitchell translation; Illiad verse translation; Achilles; Patroclus; Hector; Priam; Trojan War; Martin L. West Iliad; Stephen Mitchell translator; Iliad
Subject:
Iliad verse translation; Iliad English translation; Iliad Stephen Mitchell Translation; Illiad Stephen Mitchell translation; Illiad verse translation; Achilles; Patroclus; Hector; Priam; Trojan War; Martin L. West Iliad; Stephen Mitchell translator; Iliad
Subject:
Iliad verse translation; Iliad English translation; Iliad Stephen Mitchell Translation; Illiad Stephen Mitchell translation; Illiad verse translation; Achilles; Patroclus; Hector; Priam; Trojan War; Martin L. West Iliad; Stephen Mitchell translator; Iliad
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
notes, glossary
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek and Roman
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"Synopsis" by , One of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2 011

Tolstoy called the Iliad a miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer’s story is thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations haven’t been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original. Now, thanks to the power of Stephen Mitchell’s language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life, and we are carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Mitchell’s Iliad is also the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In addition, Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation.

"Synopsis" by , One of the New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011—from the renowned translator of Rilke, Tao Te Ching, and Gilgamesh, a vivid new translation of Western civilization’s foundational epic: the Iliad.

In Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad, the dramatic legend resounds again across 2,700 years, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flows in every word. And we are there with them, amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

     Mitchell’s Iliad is the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar M. L. West, whose edition of the original Greek deletes many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text, clarifying our understanding and appreciation.

     Now, thanks to Stephen Mitchell’s scholarship and the power of his language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life.

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