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The Iliad of Homer

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"Homer (or the stable of poets incorporated under the name Homer) was either given to polytheistic fantasy or was the genius adapter of a system of cosmological metaphors that no one — not Dante, not Shakespeare, not Cervantes — has ever matched for sheer imaginative insanity. Read Homer's hexameters and you find gods made in the image of man — jealous, mendacious, erotically charged, vengefully disposed, gender-specific know-it-alls, with empowering aptitudes that they wield as weapons in heaven as they do on earth." E. L. Doctorow, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Iliad is, together with the Odyssey, one of the two ancient Greek epic poems, attributed to Homer, a supposedly blind Ionian poet. Scholars dispute whether Homer existed and whether he was a single person, but it is clear that the poems spring from a long tradition of oral poetry. Their influence on subsequent Greek, Roman and European culture has been enormous.

Review:

"The finest translation of Homer ever made into the English language." William Arrowsmith, Hudson Review

Review:

"Certainly the best modern verse translation." Gilbert Highet

Review:

"Richmond Lattimore is a fine translator of poetry because he has a poetic voice of his own, authentic and unmistakable and yet capable of remarkable range of modulation. His translations make the English reader aware of the poetry." New York Times

Review:

"Over the long haul Lattimore's translation is more powerful because its effects are more subtle." Booklist

Review:

"This magnificent translation of Homer's epic poem...will appeal to admirers of Homer and the classics, and the multitude who always wanted to read the great Iliad but never got around to doing so." The American Book Collector

Review:

"Perhaps closer to Homer in every way than any other version made in English." Peter Green, The New Republic

Synopsis:

"The finest translation of Homer ever made into the English language."—William Arrowsmith

"Certainly the best modern verse translation."—Gilbert Highet

"This magnificent translation of Homer's epic poem . . . will appeal to admirers of Homer and the classics, and the multitude who always wanted to read the great Iliad but never got around to doing so."—The American Book Collector

"Perhaps closer to Homer in every way than any other version made in English."—Peter Green, The New Republic

"The feat is decisive that it is reasonable to foresee a century or so in which nobody will try again to put the Iliad in English verse."—Robert Fitzgerald

"Each new generation is bound to produce new translations. [Lattimore] has done better with nobility, as well as with accuracy, than any other modern verse translator. In our age we do not often find a fine scholar who is also a genuine poet and who takes the greatest pains over the work of translation."—Hugh Lloyd-Jones, New York Review of Books

"Over the long haul Lattimore's translation is more powerful because its effects are more subtle."—Booklist

"Richmond Lattimore is a fine translator of poetry because he has a poetic voice of his own, authentic and unmistakable and yet capable of remarkable range of modulation. His translations make the English reader aware of the poetry."—Moses Hadas, The New York Times

About the Author

Though he is traditionally credited as the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, there is no reliable information about an actual, historical Homer. In antiquity, he was an honored figure, despite little being known about his life or even his era; he was credited then with several other shorter works in addition to the two epics. Current scholarship tends to view the poems as the work of many hands over many years, with differing opinions on the role and importance of any single figure in their creation or promulgation.
Richmond Lattimore (1906-1984) was a poet, translator, and longtime professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

The Iliad

Book One

Book Two

Book Three

Book Four

Book Five

Book Six

Book Seven

Book Eight

Book Nine

Book Ten

Book Eleven

Book Twelve

Book Thirteen

Book Fourteen

Book Fifteen

Book Sixteen

Book Seventeen

Book Eighteen

Book Nineteen

Book Twenty

Book Twenty-One

Book Twenty-Two

Book Twenty-Three

Book Twenty-Four

Glossary of Names

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226469409
Author:
Homer
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Translator:
Lattimore, Richmond
Author:
Lattimore, Richard
Author:
Lattimore, Richmond
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Epic poetry, Greek
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Achilles (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Trojan War
Subject:
Achilles
Subject:
POE008000
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
June 1951
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.02x5.30x.98 in. 1.09 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Homer (or the stable of poets incorporated under the name Homer) was either given to polytheistic fantasy or was the genius adapter of a system of cosmological metaphors that no one — not Dante, not Shakespeare, not Cervantes — has ever matched for sheer imaginative insanity. Read Homer's hexameters and you find gods made in the image of man — jealous, mendacious, erotically charged, vengefully disposed, gender-specific know-it-alls, with empowering aptitudes that they wield as weapons in heaven as they do on earth." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "The finest translation of Homer ever made into the English language."
"Review" by , "Certainly the best modern verse translation."
"Review" by , "Richmond Lattimore is a fine translator of poetry because he has a poetic voice of his own, authentic and unmistakable and yet capable of remarkable range of modulation. His translations make the English reader aware of the poetry."
"Review" by , "Over the long haul Lattimore's translation is more powerful because its effects are more subtle."
"Review" by , "This magnificent translation of Homer's epic poem...will appeal to admirers of Homer and the classics, and the multitude who always wanted to read the great Iliad but never got around to doing so."
"Review" by , "Perhaps closer to Homer in every way than any other version made in English."
"Synopsis" by ,
"The finest translation of Homer ever made into the English language."—William Arrowsmith

"Certainly the best modern verse translation."—Gilbert Highet

"This magnificent translation of Homer's epic poem . . . will appeal to admirers of Homer and the classics, and the multitude who always wanted to read the great Iliad but never got around to doing so."—The American Book Collector

"Perhaps closer to Homer in every way than any other version made in English."—Peter Green, The New Republic

"The feat is decisive that it is reasonable to foresee a century or so in which nobody will try again to put the Iliad in English verse."—Robert Fitzgerald

"Each new generation is bound to produce new translations. [Lattimore] has done better with nobility, as well as with accuracy, than any other modern verse translator. In our age we do not often find a fine scholar who is also a genuine poet and who takes the greatest pains over the work of translation."—Hugh Lloyd-Jones, New York Review of Books

"Over the long haul Lattimore's translation is more powerful because its effects are more subtle."—Booklist

"Richmond Lattimore is a fine translator of poetry because he has a poetic voice of his own, authentic and unmistakable and yet capable of remarkable range of modulation. His translations make the English reader aware of the poetry."—Moses Hadas, The New York Times

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