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Iliad. English & Greek
Second edition / revised by William F. Wyatt.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
2 volumes ; 16 cm.
v.1. Books 1-12.- v.2. Books 13-24.

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PA4025.A2 M85 1999 BKS.13-24 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PA4025.A2 M85 1999 BKS.13-24 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PA4025.A2 M85 1999 BKS.1-12 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PA4025.A2 M85 1999 BKS.1-12 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Here is a new Loeb Classical Library edition of Homer's stirring heroic account of the Trojan war and its passions. The eloquent and dramatic epic poem captures the terrible anger of Achilles, "the best of the Achaeans," over a grave insult to his personal honor and relates its tragic result--a chain of consequences that proves devastating for the Greek forces besieging Troy, for noble Trojans, and for Achilles himself. The poet gives us compelling characterizations of his protagonists as well as a remarkable study of the heroic code in antiquity.

The works attributed to Homer include the two oldest and greatest European epic poems, the Odyssey and the Iliad . These have been published in the Loeb Classical Library for three quarters of a century, the Greek text facing a faithful and literate prose translation by A. T. Murray. William F. Wyatt now brings the Loeb's Iliad up to date, with a rendering that retains Murray's admirable style but is written for today's readers.

Author Notes

Translator and professor Robert Fagles was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 11, 1933. He received a BA in English from Amherst College and a PhD in English from Yale University. While obtaining his degrees, he studied Latin and Greek on the side. He taught at Yale for one year and then joined the faculty at Princeton University as an English professor and remained there until he retired in 2002. While at Princeton, he created the university's department of comparative literature and received an honorary doctorate in June 2007.

He was also a renowned translator of Latin and Greek. His first published translation was of the Greek poet Bacchylides (1961), which was followed by versions of The Oresteia by Aeschylus and the plays, Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles. Fagles was best known for his versions of The Iliad (1990), The Odyssey (1996) and The Aeneid (2006). Instead of being an exacting literal translator, he sought to reinterpret the classics in a contemporary idiom which gave his translations a narrative energy and verve. He died of prostate cancer on March 26, 2008.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Why another Iliad? Just as Homer's work existed most fully in its performance, so the Homeric texts call periodically for new translations. With this in mind, Fagles offers a new verse rendering of the Iliad. Maneuvering between the literal and the literary, he tries with varying degrees of success to suggest the vigor and manner of the original while producing readable poetry in English. Thus, he avoids the anachronizing of Robert Fitzgerald's translation, while being more literal than Richard Lattimore's. Fagles's efforts are accompanied by a long and penetrating introduction by Bernard Knox, coupled with detailed glossary and textual notes.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Merrill's new verse translation of the Iliad is the equal of Richmond Lattimore's poetic version (1951) and even Martin Hammond's prose edition (1987) in its fidelity to the sense of Homer's words. Read (preferably aloud) for the quality of its verbal music as a poem in English, it is on a par with Lattimore and with the more beautiful renderings of Robert Fitzgerald (1963) and Robert Fagles (1990). And for sheer readability, it matches Stanley Lombardo's lively translation (CH, Dec'97, 35-1954) while conveying a sense of antiquity through deft, sparing use of archaisms (e.g., "scion"). But what particularly distinguishes Merrill's version is its resourceful approximation in English of the rhythms of the Greek dactylic hexameter. Only Merrill's Odyssey (CH, May'03, 40-5063) and, to some extent, Edward McCrorie's Odyssey (CH, Nov'04, 42-1388) are as effective in this regard. Another plus is the consistent replication of Homer's formulaic repetitions. To vary these, as do most other verse translators, falsifies the true aesthetic power of Homer's epic. In sum, Merrill has succeeded better than anyone since Lattimore in retaining the meaning of Homer's words while ingeniously suggesting the effect of their metrical and formulaic rhythms. A sensitive introduction, bibliographic guidance, and a glossary of names complete the volume. Summing Up: Essential. All readers, all levels. J. P. Holoka Eastern Michigan University



Attributed to Homer, The Iliad, along with The Odyssey, is among the oldest literary documents in the Greek language. This epic war story depicts seven key weeks during the battle for Ilium, or Troy, culminating in the decisive battle between Achilles and Hector. More importantly, The Iliad attempts to define the qualities of the heroic character. Here in a single volume, students will find some of the leading critical analyses available on this ancient work. Completely updated, and incorporating the best new material available, this Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations edition is especially suited for those working on complex research papers. The full-length essays are accompanied by additional helpful features, including a chronology, background information on the contributors, and a bibliography. Excerpted from The Iliad by Homer All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Historical Context of The Iliad
The Iliad
Interpretive Notes
Critical Excerpts
Questions for Discussion
Suggestions for the Interested Reader