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The Iliad

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War, glory, despair, and mourning: for 2,700 years, the Iliad has gripped listeners and readers with the story of Achilles' anger and Hector's death. It is a tale of many truths, speaking of powerful emotions, the failures of leadership, the destructive power of beauty, the quest for fame, the plight of women, and the cold callous laughter of the gods. Above all, it confronts us with war in all its brutality--and with fleeting images of peace, lovingly drawn, images which punctuate the poem as distant memories, startling comparisons, and doomed aspirations.

Anthony Verity's elegant and compelling new translation mirrors the directness, power, and dignity of Homer's poetry. Verity captures as well the essential features of oral poetry, such as repeated phrases and scenes, without sounding mannered or archaic, and his remarkably accurate verse hews closely to the original line numbers, which is invaluable for readers wishing to consult the secondary literature. Barbara Graziosi, an authority on Homeric poetry, offers a full introduction that illuminates the composition of the poem, its literary qualities, and the many different contexts in which it was performed and read. In addition, extensive notes offer book-by-book summaries and shed light on difficult words and passages, mythological allusions, references to ancient practices, and geographical names. An annotated bibliography offers a succinct guide to further scholarship in English; a full index of names enables the reader to trace particular characters through the text; and two maps elucidate the Catalogue of Ships and the Catalogue of the Trojans.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

About the Author

Anthony Verity is a former Master of Dulwich College. He has also translated Theocritus' The Idylls and Pindar's Odes.

Barbara Graziosi is Professor of Classics at Durham University. She has written extensively on Homer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199235483
Author:
Homer
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Graziosi, Barbara
Author:
null, Anthony
Author:
Verity, Anthony
Author:
null, Barbara
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Ancient
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature/English | Drama | Ancient
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
5.8 x 8.6 x 1.3 in 1.75 lb

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