The Iliad

The Iliad

The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and is typically described as one of the greatest war stories of all time, but to say the Iliad is a war story does not begin to describe the emotional sweep of its action and characters: Achilles, Helen, Hector, and other heroes of Greek myth and history in the tenth and final year of the Greek siege of Troy....

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Title:The Iliad
Author:Homer
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Genres:Classics
ISBN:Ἰλιάς
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:683 pages pages

The Iliad Reviews

  • Alison
    May 05, 2008
    I?m often kept up at night brooding on my troubles, wishing I could find some solace that would help me sleep. But now I know that the best way to keep insomnia at bay is to get out of bed, hitch up my chariot, tie the corpse of my mortal enemy to the back, and drive around for a few...
  • J.G. Keely
    Jun 07, 2009
    Pablo Picasso spent his entire life trying desperately to do something new, something unique. He moved from style to style, mastering and then abandoning both modern and classical methods, even trying to teach his trained artist's hand to paint like a child. In 1940, four French tee...
  • Madeline
    Jun 13, 2011
    I don't know why I read this. It isn't on The List (I guess because it's technically a poem, not a novel), and it wasn't assigned reading or anything. But for whatever reason, reading The Iliad has been on my mental to-do list for a while now, and last week I finally picked it up. ...
  • Trevor
    Mar 07, 2009
    I read the Odyssey at Uni and really loved it. A romp off to parts unknown with a man who is good company from a distance. As with much of fiction, the people I am delighted to spend lots of time with on the page are not necessarily those I would want to spend anytime with otherwise. ...
  • Jonathan
    Jan 18, 2018
    What can I possibly say? Truly one of the greatest works of art our species has produced, remaining profoundly moving, thrilling, philosophically rich and emotionally complex well over 2000 year later. I have read other translations in the past but this new version from Caroline Al...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 28, 2008
    ????? = Iliad, Homer The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks o...
  • Stevelvis
    Feb 17, 2008
    THE ILIAD by HOMER translated by Robert Fagles Oh My God, I absolutely HATED the Iliad. If you want to read a bunch of reviews by people who loved this book, go to Amazon and read the reviews there. The fans of this book will say that this is the ultimate book of war and this is the...
  • Terry
    Jan 31, 2012
    Am I really going to bother reviewing Homer?s _Iliad_? I mean, what am I going to say that hasn?t been said by generations of scholars, reviewers or readers? Does another drop in the ocean matter? Well, even if it doesn?t I?ll give it a go I guess. Reading the _Iliad_ was mostl...
  • Meredith Holley
    Jul 08, 2008
    At my college graduation, the speaker was a gruff professor. He was one of those older men whom people somewhat patronizingly describe as a teddy bear to convey the idea that while he looks like Santa Claus, they wouldn?t be surprised to see him arraigned on assault charges at the lo...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jan 17, 2014
    TROY VI: THE INVENTION OF ACHILLES ?The Classics, it is the Classics!? William Blake is said to have exclaimed, with pointed reference to Homer, ?that Desolate Europe with Wars!? Blake's exclamation might not be as atrocious as it sounds at first. There might be some ...
  • Manny
    Oct 23, 2016
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  • Trish
    Jan 10, 2018
    Foolish me. I thought I was going to look at the different editions of The Iliad and choose the one most readable but did not reckon with the overwhelming beauty of the language and story. The truth is, it does not matter which edition you choose, so long as you read at least one. It i...
  • Grace Tjan
    Jan 19, 2011
    What I learned from this book (in no particular order): 1. Victory or defeat in ancient Greek wars is primarily the result of marital spats and/or petty sibling rivalry in Zeus and Hera?s dysfunctional divine household. 2. Zeus ?the father of gods and men? is a henpecked hu...
  • Sue
    May 23, 2010
    I have now read The Iliad for the first time since my college days. I almost wonder if I actually read the whole book back then. It seems so different now, so much more all-encompassing, universal and timeless in dealing with men at war, issues of honor, duties of leadership, fate, ind...
  • Emer
    Jun 22, 2017
    So how do you fairly critique something that originates circa 700BC?!?!? I mean it's kinda crappy to give this any less than four stars... But you know me... Admittedly I found this a little hard to read at times. I think partly my own fault because I kept mixing up who was who, Gr...
  • Knjigoholičarka
    Jan 02, 2018
    Neka za ve?ni svedok ostane pisani trag, Da koristit' ?asni Gudrids ne znam tupava, Niti podesit' datum re-reada knjige ove, O plavokosom vojskomori Ahilu Bredu Pitu. ...
  • Teresa Proença
    Jan 15, 2018
    "E assim foi o funeral de Heitor, domador de cavalos." Pginas e pginas de cabeas e membros decepados, de tripas pelo cho, onde "a terra corria negra de sangue." Mortos, mortos, mortos sem fim... Ainda assim, serei eu demasiado romntica (e ignorante) ao dizer que a Ilada ...
  • James
    Jun 16, 2017
    Book Review 3+ out of 5 stars to The Iliad, a Greek lyrical work written around 800 BC by Homer. Ah The Trojan War. We all know of the horse, but how did it come together? Who was at war? And why? You'll need to read The Iliad & The Odyssey to figure all that out... of the two...
  • Fernando
    Mar 31, 2016
    La Ilada, este inmortal poema pico griego que la historia de la literatura le atribuye a Homero (comentar esto ms adelante), es un libro sobre la guerra, pero que tambin habla de una poca, en la que Troya o Ilin es el campo de batalla donde se pone de manifiesto la perfec...
  • Ana
    Oct 14, 2016
    I have conquered The Iliad. I can truly call myself a Greek Mythology lover now. Angst, love, honor, angst, family, drama, death, angst. Did I mention angst? No, I'm not talking about Beverly Hills, 90210. Oh Ancient Greece, you were a very mixed up angsty place. This is basicall...
  • Yani
    Mar 21, 2013
    Estuve mentalmente metida en la guerra entre aqueos y troyanos de agosto a diciembre. Al menos, no dur tanto como la verdadera (diez aos en total). Ilada es un poema pico extenso y arduo, repleto de descripciones de armas y combates, pero que compensa cada queja con unos pasa...
  • Charlotte May
    Jan 10, 2017
    Read as part of my degree and as part of my love of classics, however it didn't compare to The Odyssey which I adored - possibly due to the lack of mythological creatures and rather more battles and lists of ships and names, which made it that much harder to struggle through. Still a g...
  • Vasilis Manias
    Sep 13, 2016
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  • Loretta
    Feb 25, 2018
    This was a terribly hard read for me. I struggled to finish it, but finish it I did. ? ...
  • Ritwik
    Apr 14, 2016
    They lived in a house where a narrow enfilade made up for a pitch to make up for an amateurish game of cricket with one opening to the hall room and the other two to a bedroom and kitchen facing opposite to each other. As any elder sibling is wont to do, he sneaked into the younger si...
  • Sherif Metwaly
    Nov 20, 2016
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  • João Fernandes
    May 05, 2015
    ?The true hero, the true subject, the center of the Iliad, is force. Force as man?s instrument, force as man?s master, force before which human flesh shrinks back. The human soul, in this poem, is shown always in its relation to force: swept away, blinded by the force it thin...
  • Araz Goran
    May 01, 2016
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  • Scott
    Dec 05, 2014
    After reading The Illiad I faced a quandary- how do you review one of the most important and enduring works of creativity in human history? What can you say that hundreds of thousands of others haven't? My answer to this question is that I must join the chorus of those who have come...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jul 16, 2016
    The story of the siege of Troy is one of heroism and tragedy. There are so many unforgettable characters here - both gods and heroes - that it is like watching an old black and white movie with those incredible crowds like in Ben Hur. You can see the vast encampment of Greeks around Tr...