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The Iliad
Homer., author.
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Iliad. English
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New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
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xxvii, 596 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Poet and Homeric scholar Barry B. Powell offers a major new translation of this timeless epic poem.
Book 1: The anger of Achilles -- Book 2: False dream and the catalog of ships -- Book 3: A duel to the death -- Book 4: Trojan treachery, bitter war -- Book 5: The glory of Diomedes -- Book 6: Hector and Andromache say goodbye -- Book 7: The duel between Hector and Ajax -- Book 8: Zeus fulfills his promise -- Book 9: The embassy to Achilles -- Book 10: The exploits of Dolon -- Book 11: The glory of Agamemnon and the wounding of the captains -- Book 12: Attack on the wall -- Book 13: The battle at the ships -- Book 14: Zeus deceived -- Book 15: Counterattack -- Book 16: The glory of Patroklos -- Book 17: Fight over the corpse of Patroklos -- Book 18: The shield of Achilles -- Book 19: Agamemnon's apology -- Book 20: The dual between Achilles and Ajax -- Book 21: Fight with the river; battle of the gods -- Book 22: The killing of Hector -- Book 23: The funeral of Patroklos -- Book 24: The ransom of Hector.
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PA4025.A2 P69 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The culmination of over 30 years of studying and thinking about Homer, world renowned scholar and accomplished poet Barry Powell has produced what one reviewer calls a "page turner, bound to become the new standard." Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignityreminiscent of the original. Lucid and fast, the text immediately engrosses the reader, with a tight and balanced rhythm that sings and with a closeness to the original that allows the reader to hear the incantatory repetitions in the Greek. More accessible than Lattimore, more poetic than Lombardo, and more accurate than Fagles or Fitzgerald, this translation is an excellent fit for today's students and general readers. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, Barry Powell gives readers anew all of the rage,pleasure, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Iliad. His clever translation is simple and energetic: sometimes coarse, sometimes flowing, it is always poetically engaged. Powell lays bare the semantic background of Homer through felicitous phrasing and delivers us a Dark-Age epic, one more suggestiveof Norse sagas than the cultural milieu of archaic Ionia. Both the translation and the introduction are consistently informed by the best recent scholarship. The illustrations are well chosen, the maps precise, the notes brief but helpful.

Author Notes

Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Translatorp. xvi
Mapsp. xvii
Homeric Timelinep. xxv
Introductionp. 1
Book 1 The Rage of Achillesp. 41
Book 2 False Dream and the Catalog of Shipsp. 61
Book 3 The Duel Between Menelaos and Parisp. 92
Book 4 Trojan Treachery, Bitter Warp. 108
Book 5 The Glory of Diomedesp. 127
Book 6 Hector and Andromachê Say Goodbyep. 158
Book 7 The Duel Between Hector and Ajaxp. 177
Book 8 Zeus Fulfills His Promisep. 193
Book 9 The Embassy to Achillesp. 212
Book 10 The Exploits of Dolonp. 235
Book 11 The Glory of Agamemnon and the Wounding of the Captainsp. 256
Book 12 The Attack on the Wallp. 286
Book 13 The Battle at the Shipsp. 302
Book 14 Zeus Deceivedp. 330
Book 15 Counterattackp. 348
Book 16 The Glory of Patroklosp. 371
Book 17 The Fight over the Corpse of Patroklosp. 400
Book 18 The Shield of Achillesp. 425
Book 19 Agamemnon's Apologyp. 446
Book 20 The Duel Between Achilles and Aeneasp. 461
Book 21 The Fight with the River and the Battle of the Godsp. 478
Book 22 The Killing of Hectorp. 498
Book 23 The Funeral of Patroklosp. 515
Book 24 The Ransom of Hectorp. 544
Bibliographyp. 569
Creditsp. 571
Pronouncing Glossary/Indexp. 573