The Iliad of Homer
- Publish Date: 2011-06-13
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Homer
Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleusâ son Achilleus / and its devastation. For sixty years, that's how Homer has begun the Iliad in English, in Richmond Lattimore's faithful translationâthe gold standard for generations of students and general readers.
This long-awaited new edition of Lattimore's Iliad is designed to bring the book into the twenty-first centuryâwhile leaving the poem as firmly rooted in ancient Greece as ever. Lattimore's elegant, fluent versesâwith their memorably phrased heroic epithets and remarkable fidelity to the Greekâremain unchanged, but classicist Richard Martin has added a wealth of supplementary materials designed to aid new generations of readers. A new introduction sets the poem in the wider context of Greek life, warfare, society, and poetry, while line-by-line notes at the back of the volume offer explanations of unfamiliar terms, information about the Greek gods and heroes, and literary appreciation. A glossary and maps round out the book.
The result is a volume that actively invites readers into Homer's poem, helping them to understand fully the worlds in which he and his heroes livedâand thus enabling them to marvel, as so many have for centuries, at Hektor and Ajax, Paris and Helen, and the devastating rage of Achilleus.