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Iliad

By: Homer
Penguin Classics / 2003 / Paperback

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The story of the Iliad centers on the critical events in the last year of the Trojan War, which lead to Achilles'' killing of Hector and determine the fate of Troy. With compassion and humanity, he presents a universal and tragic view of the world, of human life lived under the shadow of suffering and death, set against a vast and largely unpitying divine background. 528 pages, paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 560
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.13 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0140447946
ISBN-13: 9780140447941
UPC: 051488011002
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 E.V. Rieu’s beloved translation of the great war epic of Western literature, revised and updated by D. C. H. Rieu

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Interwoven in the tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals.

For this Penguin Classics edition, classicist D. C. H. Rieu has revised the work of his father, E. V. Rieu, celebrated translator and founding editor of the Penguin Classics imprint. The book also includes an introduction and notes by Peter V. Jones.


Author Bio

Homer is believed to have lived c. 754-700 b.c. in Ionia and to be the author of the earliest works of Western literature.

E. V. Rieu was a celebrated translator from Latin and Greek, and editor of Penguin Classics from 1944-1964. His son, D. C. H. Rieu has revised his work.\

Peter Jones is former lecturer in classics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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