The Iliad

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

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704 pages

English language

Published Oct. 31, 1998 by Penguin Classics.

ISBN:
978-0-14-027536-0
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An account, in the form of an epic poem written in dactylic hexameter, long thought to be pure Greek mythology, of a Bronze-Age conflict between the Greeks of Sparta, and those of Troy, in Phrygia, (in modern times, northwestern Anatolia, Turkey). Attributed to a sightless poet simply known as Homer, of which little is known, this epic poem was most probably created over several centuries, perhaps during the so-called Geometric Age (c. 900-700 BCE), by many authors in an oral tradition, before the adoption of writing, when it was not uncommon to be able to recite (or sing), verbatim, book-length poetic works, which were passed down by recitation over generations.

Eventually, when the Greeks adopted and modified the Phonecian alphabet for their own language, the Iliad (literally, 'The Saga [or Song] of Ilium') took on a codified, written form around 735±25 BCE. Since then it has been rendered in countless …

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The Iliad

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1) '''Take me alive, son of Atreus, and accept A worthy ransom from the treasure stored In my father's palace, bronze, gold, wrought iron. My father would lavish it all on you if he heard I was still alive among the Achaean ships.'

The speech had its intended effect. Menelaus was about to hand him over To be led back to the ships, but Agamemnon Came running over to call him on it:

'Going soft, Menelaus? What does this man Mean to you? Have the Trojans ever shown you Any hospitality? Not one of them Escapes sheer death at our hands, not even The boy who is still in his mother's womb. Every Trojan dies, unmourned and unmarked.'''

2) ''His shout split the air: 'Move, Trojans! Let's tear down this Greek fence And make a bonfire out of their ships!'

They heard him, all right, and swarmed Right up the …

Review of 'The Iliad (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The movie just leaves out all of the minor battles, ship names, and men of men who know men of a land ruled by that man. They challenge or quarrel with those men, and other men (from places of man) witness it and recall it to still other men from the place of the cloudgatherer’s daughter’s rumored favorite warrior on one side of the war's man. I was excited for this, but it felt like the previous sentence most of the time. Maybe revisiting it someday will be more enjoyable.

Review of 'The Iliad' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The gory action scenes were great. I mean I loved reading the variety of ways a man's head can be severed during battle. I'm partial to details about spinal fluid sputtering out of the still standing body. So when it comes to violent action scenes Homer gets it. Unfortunately, I had very little to hang onto as the chapters wore on (and they wear, believe me they wear) so the majority of this epic was dull and honestly just boring. I'm sure if I had more academic preparation I could appreciate subtle changes in rhyme scheme to match the content and I'm sure that could even be riveting.

I was unprepared. It dragged.

Review of 'Iliad' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) ''Thus Telemachus. And Pallas Athena
Touched the suitors' minds with hysteria.
They couldn't stop laughing, and as they laughed
It

seemed to them that their jaws were not theirs,
And the meat that they ate was dabbled with blood.
Tears filled their eyes, and their hearts

raced.
Then the seer Theoclymenus spoke among them:
'Wretches, what wicked thing is this that you suffer?
You are shrouded in night from

top to toe,
Lamentation flares, your cheeks melt with tears,
And the walls of the house are spattered with blood.
The porch and the court

are crowded with ghosts
Streaming down to the undergloom. The sun is gone
From heaven, and an evil mist spreads over the land.'''

2)

''Odysseus picked up
The arrow from the table and laid it upon
The bridge of the bow, and, still in his chair,
Drew the bowstring and the

notched arrow back.
He …

Review of 'The Iliad' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) '''Take me alive, son of Atreus, and accept
A worthy ransom from the treasure stored
In my father's palace, bronze, gold, wrought iron.
My father would lavish it all on you if he heard
I was still alive among the Achaean ships.'

The speech had its intended effect.
Menelaus was about to hand him over
To be led back to the ships, but Agamemnon
Came running over to call him on it:

'Going soft, Menelaus? What does this man
Mean to you? Have the Trojans ever shown you
Any hospitality? Not one of them
Escapes sheer death at our hands, not even
The boy who is still in his mother's womb.
Every Trojan dies, unmourned and unmarked.'''

2) ''His shout split the air: 'Move, Trojans!
Let's tear down this Greek fence
And make a bonfire out of their ships!'

They heard him, all right, and swarmed
Right up the …

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