Iliad, Books 13–24 (Loeb Classical Library, #171)

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Here is a new Loeb Classical Library edition of Homer 's stirring heroic account of the Trojan war and its passions. The eloquent and dramatic epic poem captures the terrible anger of Achilles, " the best of the Achaeans, " over a grave insult to his personal honor and relates its tragic result -- a chain of consequences that proves devastating for the Greek forces besieging Troy, for noble Trojans, and for Achilles himself. The autho gives us compelling characterizations of his protagonists as well as a remarkable study of the heroic code in antiquity.

Thi works attributed to Homer include the two oldest and greatest European epic poems, the Odyssey and liad. Al have been ublished in the Loeb Classical Library for three quarters of a century, the Greek text facing a faithful and literate prose translation by A. T. Murray. William F. Wyatt now brings the Loeb 's liad up to date, with a rendering that retains Murray 's admirable style but is written for today 's readers.

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656
Original Title of the Book
Homeri opera. Tomus II Iliadis XIII-XXIV continens
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Published 1999 by Loeb Classical Library, No. 171 (first published -800

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It ’ s another wonderful tale.I did like the translation but, even though I ’ m used to using Loeb editions, I did say that it was very dry and stilted in places.

Thanks to this particular edition featuring the original Greek and the English translation side-by-side, my ability to read Greek did improve for a lon time but I ’ m back to being terrible at it again.I do think that I ’ ll read another translation soon.

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I have read Homer before but reread it recently to rediscover the wonder of the Greeks and Trojans, Achilles, Agamemnon and Hector.

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