The Illiad of Homer, T...
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I have started (belatedly) on rading more of the Great Books series. We have several of them. The Illiad is the second I have completed. I am torn in recommending this; on the one hand the descriptive language is a joy, and the characters are, for the most part, very complex and well-rounded. But without a background in the world of (roughly)1200BC and the Greek culture of the time, there is a lot of difficulty. If you haven't read about the strong cultural values of hospitality you don't get wh...more
The Iliad and the Odyssey are, of course, must-reads. It's hard to comment on classics like these, but, for those who haven't yet read them: I think the Odyssey is more entertaining than the Iliad because the action continues throughout whereas the Iliad has many breaks in the action to engage in the kind of lists of unpronounceable names you see in some places in the Old Testament of the Bible. Both of them are, however, fantastic.
Homer (ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος), or Omero (in Italian), is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally considered the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. No reliable biographical information about Homer survives from classical antiquity, and he is generally considered a legendary, rather than a historical figure. The Iliad and the Odyssey are now considered by many to be the p...moreMore about Homer...