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That being said, I hope that I never have to read another version of the Iliad for school again, let alone two semesters in a row. Feb 22, Ashley Stricklin rated it really liked it. This was a book for class. I thought it was really interesting how the Gods interacted with the mortals. Jan 07, Realini rated it really liked it Shelves: delightful , guardian-top , masterpiece , not-my-cup-of-tea , theater. This is not just a masterpiece. It is a fundamental work.

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Classics of literature keep referring to it. And yet, I did not enjoy it, even on this second or third taking. We all know about Achilles, Hector, Paris and all the other heroes- mainly- and heroines involved in this tragic tale. Without knowing about the Iliad and all that is involved in it we would probably not be able to read classic works. The Achilles heel is a well-known frailty and myth, so much so that we refer to it in common language and say: - This is his Achilles heel On the other hand, there is so much violence that it turned me off, even in the abridged format of a play.

Yes, one can see the grandiose, spectacular confrontation of Greeks against Trojans and be mesmerized by it. Or repelled.

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I hesitated between the awe and the disgust provoked by the gory scenes of clashes in magnificent and yet gruesome battle scenes. And it was the same some years back. To compare with, I am including the notes written some years ago, on the same classical subject as left to posterity by Homer. The version included in the Guardian top list and on which should be on the must-read list of any serious reader is way too complex for an ordinary teenager, in my view. My teacher of Literature, Chevorchian was an excellent man and extraordinary mentor. Among the many wonderful things he taught us was that we need to start reading with mythology, in order to understand the references made in Any of the great books.

I do not remember all the short list of great books he insisted upon, but my guess is that the Iliad was on it. I know that Chevorchian insisted on Flaubert. Now I try to read and re-read the best books ever written. The Iliad is a very complex, tough book. In the future, if political correctness I all the rage, some books will fall from the top lists. Homer is describing with great talent the epic battles of Troy. Many men die, an outrageous number of animals are mutilated, sacrificed.

I did not count for an accurate statistics, but there might be a beheading on every other page.

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That being said, the book is indeed extraordinary… the bravery, the beauty of the fights is sometimes shadowed by the cowardice of defeated fighters. I felt very sad when Hector dies. Nov 03, Sasha whispersofthesilentwind rated it really liked it. The plot of the Iliad itself is very interesting, I have a basic knowledge of it from other literature works or television.

The dynamics of the characters were great, I felt what they felt and was sucked into the story.

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I was a bit sad that some of the 'unnecessary' parts were cut for quicker reading. Essentially this version was a enjoyable read. I never read the Iliad before, because I assumed it would be in stilted, obscure language as apparently some translations are.

The Stanley Lombardo translation, however, is very accessible and brings you straight into the action. From a historical, anthropological, cultural standpoint, the Iliad is fascinating, for example the interactions between gods and men. It's impossible for a modern reader to see Achilles as a hero. He's petulant, selfish, and psycho-level violent. Yet despite all the m I never read the Iliad before, because I assumed it would be in stilted, obscure language as apparently some translations are. Yet despite all the machismo and gore, there are beautiful, moving moments in the story.

Sep 09, Taylor rated it it was amazing. Reading this for a college course and really taking time to understand the events changed my perspective of this epic poem. The short version I read in high school was very hard for me to get into and understand. I was dreading reading this at first but the translation is very easy to understand. I also took a lot of notes which helped me keep track of all the characters.

I enjoyed the plot and relationships and overall the whole poem. Would read again. Sep 28, Michael Mayer rated it liked it. Excellent translation. I've always read Fagles and Fitzgerald but we read this for a class and I enjoyed it immensely. I give it only three stars to discourage you away from this abbreviated version. Read the Iliad and Odyssey whole! As far as an introduction to the Iliad I would give it four stars and I got a lot out of the introduction.

Oct 11, Andrea Lakly rated it it was amazing. This is my new favorite translation! I hate that it look me so long to find it. It's current and compelling. This edition of the story is great too. It cuts out the boring bits, and it emphasizes why this is a story that's stood the test of time.

Jan 08, Courtney rated it liked it Shelves: read-for-class , 3-stars , adult , fiction , mythology , stand-alone. I didn't understand half of what went on in this book, it just didn't make sense After reading the Odyssey, this book was just disappointing. Mar 06, bridget trinkaus added it Shelves: for-school.

Nice translation. Sep 06, Terra Widmyer rated it it was amazing. This edition is wonderful. Nov 16, Jen rated it liked it. I read the full Lombardo translation, not this abridged version, but can't find it on goodreads. I don't think the translation does the storyline any justice. May 17, Nora rated it it was amazing. I love Lombardo's Homeric translations, because they truly capture the personalities of the stories and characters. Marian Flum rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Stacey rated it liked it Jul 21, Alexis Karsjens rated it really liked it Sep 03, Leonardo Francisco rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Pen rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Rachael rated it liked it Jan 17, Nor rated it really liked it Sep 23, Tory S.

Anderson rated it liked it Jan 13, Geoffrey Bunting rated it really liked it Feb 24, Sarah rated it it was amazing Mar 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Homer. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived years before his own time, which would place him at around BCE, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BCE.


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Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BCE. The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds. Format see all Format.

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