While The Iliad recounts the war between the Trojans and Achaeans, it also is the tragic story of the fiery-tempered Achilles. Insulted by his king, the proud Achilles decides to stand by as his...more
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 husband who is also partial to domestic abuse.
3. If you take a pretty girl who is the daughter of a priest of Apollo as war booty and refuse to have her ransomed, Apollo will rain plague on your troops. And he won’t be appeased un...more
And, as with any good literature, I find that upon rereading the Iliad, I got something more out of it. Something that had nothing to do with my first impressions noted below (and that I'll elaborate upon more fully in my review of David Malouf's Ransom: A Novel when I finish that book).
Up to now, I’ve only read fragments of The Ilia...more
I’ve always meant to get around to reading this. I mean, this Homer guy only wrote two books and I had enjoyed the other one, so … so, a mere twenty years later (how time flies) I got around to reading this one.
"Homer makes us Hearers, and Virgil leaves us Readers." So wrote Alexander Pope, in 1715, in the preface to his translation of The Iliad.
I have just completed reading a magnificent translation of Homer's The Iliad, and couldn't have enjoyed the experience more. I had read bits and pieces of The Iliad over the course of my life, but I had never read the entire poem from start to finish. I recently purchased the P...more
In 1940, four French teens and a dog stumbled upon a cave that had lain hidden for 16,000 years. Inside, they found the walls covered in beautiful drawings of men and animals. When the Lascaux caves were opened to the public, Pablo Picasso vi...more
Consider the opening...more
Jika Perang Brathayuda yang merupakan klimaks dari kisah Ramayana ditulis di India oleh Begawan Vyasa Dwaipayana pada 1500 SM, kisah perang Troya ditulis oleh Homer pada tahun 800 SM dalam dua buku karyanya yaitu The Iliad dan Oddysey. Sayangnya kedua...more
Dire che la traduzione sia datata è un eufemismo (V. Monti è vissuto a cavallo tra il XVIII e il XIX secolo), ma io la trovo assolutamente ben fatta. Ha un ritmo e una musicalità incredibili. Inoltre è comprensibilissima nonostante l'italiano non proprio moderno (che somiglia più a quello di Dante che a quello attuale) e, anzi, in un certo senso aiuta a tenere sempre presente che questa è un opera antichissima.
Tutto il contrario di...more
أحد أهم الأسباب التي بسببها أجَّلت قراءتهما طويلاً هي كونهما ملحمة شعرية و أ...more
Translation in these cases is very important. And this edition is...more
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls…"
Before I start gushing praise all over this book, I can think of three things that might discourage readers from tackling The Iliad:
1. It is a very long (nearly 15,700 lines) poem. If you really don’t have a taste for poetry at all, then this may not be the book for you.
2. It is fairly violent. Lots and lots of people get spear...more
The Iliad permeates Greek civilization to a degree that is difficult for us to fathom. It is a monumental, transcendent work of art. There are many reasons why the Iliad occupies the topmost peak on world literature's Himalayan ridge; in this review I can only touch upon a very few.
Encountering the Iliad is like walking into a museum where numerous products of secondary or tertiary importance in s...more
“Idómeneus thrust hard at Erýmas’ mouth
with his hard bronze. The spearhead passed on through
beneath his brain and split the white...more
I'm going to finally come out of the, er, closet and admit that I have never read The Iliad cover to cover--though I, of course, read enough to make it seem like I had. The shame of it all is that I am the proud owner of a Classics degree (!), wh...more
Also, any study of war texts should include this or at least keep it in mind. It's just a hop, skip and jump from here to Mallory, Chretien de Troyes and all those other bedrock narratives from which other English language romanticizations of war and combat spring.
It's kind of stupid to rate a book like this. But here it is: 4 stars. Because Chapman dicked us out of some...more
This makes the third translation of The Iliad that I've read over the past year or so, and I quite liked it. While Fitzgerald's translation is perhaps not as rhythmically poetic as that of Robert Fagles (1990), or perhaps as ruthlessly faithful to the Greek text as Richmond Lattimore's verse translation (1951), it really is incredibly lyrical and reads very, very well. The Iliad is one of the greatest works of lite...more
“كان فريدريش أوجست فولف أنبه تلاميذ عالم الكلاسيكيات الأشهر فينكلمان وبدأ يركز اهتمامه على هوميروس أثناء متابعته لمحاضرات هين. وبدأ هو نفسه يحاضر عن “الإلياذة” عام 1785 وأصدر كتيبًا باللغة اللاتينية بعنوان “مقدمة إلى هوميروس” عام 1795، وهو الذي أكسبه شهرة خالدة”
في هذا الكتاب قام فولف “ثورة نفدية” حيث بذل أقصى جهده في إثبات على ما يبدو أن الإلياذة والأوديسة ليستا من إبداع شاعر واحد!
وفي ملاحظات فولف ونقده جعلت أديب كغوته مثلًا بتجاسر يخطف قلمه ليكتب ملحمته الخاصة...more
Be warned the reading can be diffic...more
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