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The Iliad : the story of Achillês
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Iliad. English
Publication Information:
New York : Signet Classic, 1999.
Physical Description:
309 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1040 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 11.3 25.0 12787.

Reading Counts RC High School 9 30 Quiz: 05749 Guided reading level: NR.
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Epic masterpiece chronicles last days of Trojan War -- quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon, siege of Troy, death of Hector, Trojan Horse, many other incidents and events. Celebrated Samuel Butler prose translation.

Author Notes

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable.

The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Book I How Achilles and Agamemnon quarrelled over Briseis, and how Thetis persuaded Zeus to support her sonp. 11
Book II How a Dream came with a message from Zeus, and how the Achaians debated in their camp. The names and numbers of the two hostsp. 23
Book III How Menelaos and Alexandros fought a duel together, and what came of itp. 39
Book IV The first battle between Trojans and Achaiansp. 48
Book V How Diomedes did great deeds of valour, and wounded Aphrodite and Ares himselfp. 58
Book VI How Paris was brought back into the battle, and how Hector parted from Andromachep. 74
Book VII How Aias and Hector fought in single combat, and how the Trojans sent a herald to propose peacep. 84
Book VIII The battle wavers to and frop. 92
Book IX How Agamemnon repented of his violence and sent envoys to Achillesp. 102
Book X How Diomedes and Odysseus went on a night raid and how they faredp. 115
Book XI How the battle turned, and the captains were wounded, and Achilles began to take noticep. 126
Book XII How the two armies fought before the wall, and how Hector broke down the gatep. 141
Book XIII The battle among the shipsp. 149
Book XIV How Hera deluded Zeus and sent him to sleep; and how in consequence the tide of battle turnedp. 164
Book XV How Zeus awoke, and what he said to Hera; how Hera took his message to the divine family and what they all said to it; and how the two armies fought among the shipsp. 174
Book XVI How Patroclos took the field in the armour of Achilles, his great feats of war, and his deathp. 187
Book XVII How they fought over the body of Patroclosp. 202
Book XVIII How Achilles received the news, and how his mother got him new armour from Hephaistosp. 216
Book XIX How Achilles made friends with Agamemnon and armed himself for warp. 228
Book XX How Achilles swept the battlefield, and how the gods helped on either sidep. 236
Book XXI The battle by the riverp. 245
Book XXII Of the last fight and the death of Hectorp. 255
Book XXIII The funeral rites of Patroclos, and how the games were held in his honourp. 265
Book XXIV How Priam and Achilles met, and the funeral of Hectorp. 282
Pronouncing Indexp. 301