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Posted 7 August 2023

The Iliad Kindle Edition

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The Iliad is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is one of the oldest extant works of literature still widely read by modern audiences. As with the Odyssey, the poem is divided into 24 books and was written in dactylic hexameter. It contains 15,693 lines in its most widely accepted version. Set towards the end of the Trojan War, a ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Mycenaean Greek states, the poem depicts significant events in the siege's final weeks. In particular, it depicts a fierce quarrel between King Agamemnon and a celebrated warrior, Achilles. It is a central part of the Epic Cycle. The Iliad is often regarded as the first substantial piece of European literature.

The Iliad and the Odyssey were likely written down in Homeric Greek, a literary amalgam of Ionic Greek and other dialects, probably around the late 8th or early 7th century BC. Homer's authorship was infrequently questioned in antiquity, but contemporary scholarship predominantly assumes that the Iliad and the Odyssey were composed independently and that the stories formed as part of a long oral tradition. Given widespread illiteracy,audiences were more likely to have heard the poem than read it; it was performed by professional reciters of Homer known as rhapsodes.
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  1. Quartermass's avatar
    I think the translation counts for a lot and many I have tried to read since I was a kid I found the prose too stodgy. There are great stories if you can find one without the geriatric syntax strangling it. (edited)
    Toecutter's avatar
    Try the Robert Fagles translation.
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  3. nanuek's avatar
    They bait you in with a free book and then you have to pay for the rest of the series. I'm wise to them now.
    innocent's avatar
    Without disrespect, no you are not wise enough to them. Nobody can force you to buy the rest of the series unless you are weak willed which you may not be.
  4. bryanhaines399's avatar
    Tough read. Better off with the movie.
    abigsmurf's avatar
    If anyone's looking for a good adaptation of The Illiad, I strongly recommend The Odyssey mini-series starring Armand Assante
  5. Sybs's avatar
    If anyone is interested in really getting into these, there are audio lectures on Audible that go over the books in huge detail so that you can understand a lot better
  6. Malabus's avatar
    Get it!
  7. apfel21's avatar
    Thanks OP. I've got the paperback somewhere about. It's just finding it !
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