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The Iliad/The Odyssey

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Gripping listeners and readers for more than 2,700 years, 'The Iliad' is the story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles. Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic.

If 'The Iliad' is the world's greatest war story, then 'The Odyssey' is literature's greatest evocation of every man'
Paperback, Boxed Set, 1556 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published -762)
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Leídas la Ilíada y la Odisea, diría que me ha hecho disfrutar un poco más la segunda, quizá por los seres fantásticos (inolvidable el duelo entre Odiseo y el cíclope Polifemo, a quien aquel deja ciego) que hacen peligrar el periplo de Odiseo (prefiero el nombre griego, por mucho que la inmensa mayoría de las traducciones en español lo llamen por el nombre latino, Ulises) de Troya a Ítaca. Los dos poemas homéricos son cantos escritos a mayor gloria del héroe griego (Aquiles en la Ilíada, Odiseo e ...more
Lucinda Reed
Sep 17, 2011 Lucinda Reed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like the classics
The best story ever-it has everything-love, romance, war, brave, handsome men, exotic places, monsters, beautiful women-its all in these two stories. Odysseus is my all-time favorite hero, and although he is a brave hero, he has his faults and it's this combination that makes him so lovable and what makes this story one of the greatest of all time. The text can be difficult to read, and following the who's who of the gods and goddesses can be quite a feat. I've read it several times, I never get ...more
Jul 22, 2010 Keivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The translation was pretty readable. This is part of the Great Books of the western world Collection that I have set out to read.

Ulysses is my favorite Greek hero.Always was always will be. I read parts of some butchered version in high-school but this one seems to have satisfied my goddess needs.

I think we perhaps need some revitalization of the sentiments present in these books to save America from going down the cultural tubes. When the Odyssey is replaced with the "jersey Shore" cannot possi
Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوان: ایلیاد و اودیسه (ادیسه)؛ هومر؛ مترجم: سعید نفیسی؛ تهران، هرمس، 1387، در 1005 ص، شابک: 9789643634568؛ این کتاب پیشتر با برگردان همین مترجم با دو عنوان جداگانه «ایلیاد» و «ادیسه» نیز چاپ شده است
آثار به جای مانده از هومر، دو گلچین شعر به نامهای ایلیاد و ادیسه است. همه ی آنچه که درباره تاریخ و افسانههای یونان باستان میدانیم از همین شعرها برگرفته شده؛ در ایلیاد، هومر داستان جنگ تروا را میسراید، و در ادیسه ده سال سفر ادیسئوس در بازگشت از جنگ تروا را

The Iliad Characters: Ajax, Odysseus, Helen of
Feb 11, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it
Other than the gruesome, violent images often presented in magnificent detail (hey, it is a war!), I really enjoy reading Homer's epic poem. Where else are we given such insight into stubborn Agamemnon, noble Hector, intelligent and well-spoken Odysseus, lazy and spineless Paris, guilt-ridden Helen, the wrath of the warrior Achille's and how vain he can be? We can identify with Trojan and Greek alike, agonizing with both sides over the destructiveness of war. We get the inside story on all the G ...more
Osama Abdel Qader
Nov 11, 2013 Osama Abdel Qader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
@مجدي كامل المنياوي صاحب هذا الكتاب نصاب رسمي...
ينسخ عن النت والمنتديات وويكيبيديا بالحرف...
طبعا خلال 5 سنوات طبع في دار النصب العربي-القاهرة...وأعني ما يسمى دار الكتاب العربي ما يقارب الملئة كتاب...بحسبة بسيطة فإنه يؤلف كتاب كل 18 يوم و 6 ساعات....
طبعا هذا لا يعقل ولا يمر إلا على الأغبياء...
فهو وفريقه مجرد مرتزقة لا يقرأون حتى ما ينسخون من ويكيبيديا والمنتديات..فتجدها بنفس الأخطاء المطبعية....
في معرض الكتاب في الشارقة 2013 وجدت لهم قسم كبير...من الواضح أنهم يحسنون صنعا من ناحية البزنيس....وتعر
محمد الهاشمي
الإلياذة والأوديسة في نظري تستحقان أكثر من خمس نجوم..فقط هذه النسخة التي ترجمها مجدي كامل لم تكن الأفضل في نظري. قرأت نسخة بعدها بدت أفضل. لو تسنى الوقت لوجدت الكتاب ووضعت اسم المترجم وأظن أنها نسخة صدرت عن المجمع الثقافي بأبوظبي -لست متأكدا-. عموما هاتين الملحمتين فاقتا كل حدود الأزمنة وختمتا على عصور ما قبل التاريخ شعار بداية جديدة مليئة بالخيال الممتزج بالواقع وهو ما صنع فعلا عهد "التاريخ" لحضارة البشر. هذا الخيال لربما أسس بدوره دعائم فلسفة الدين والكينونة فيما بعد ولربما أنه أيضاً شكل الكثي ...more
May 15, 2012 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, audiobook
It didn't take me long to figure out that I'm not a Homer girl. I think the problem was partly that after years of taking in entertaining, probably dumbed down versions of the stories, the reality ended up a bit of a let down. Another problem was I had trouble liking any of the characters. Achilles? Hector? Even Odysseus? Ugh! Whiney, deceitful, and not very likeable!

The Iliad was pretty painful to get through. I forced myself to finish and didn't even get a payoff in the end. What happened to T
May 05, 2009 1marcus rated it it was amazing
The “Iliad and the Odyssey” keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning of the story to the end. I’m not into books like this one but I LOVED this book. The adventure, mystery, and the understanding of pre-history are great for anyone who wants to read this book. All these things made me want to read the book over again and even write a book review on it.

First the adventure is wild from the start. Fighting the Cyclopes and winning made me think that no matter what the size of the pers
David Withun
Aug 11, 2012 David Withun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 19, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Assigned in High School
Together these two works attributed to Homer are considered among the oldest surviving works of Western literature, dating to probably the eighth century BCE, and are certainly among the most influential. I can't believe I once found Homer boring. In my defense, I was a callow teen, and having a book assigned in school often tends to perversely make you hate it. But then I had a "Keats conversion experience." Keats famously wrote a poem in tribute to a translation of Homer by Chapman who, Keats ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1000-et-plus, lu-2016
Après avoir tant entendu parler de l'Iliade et de l'Odyssée, j'ai trouvé la lecture de l’œuvre originale (traduite) intéressante. Bien que les nombreuses comparaisons et références aux divinités grecques m'aient fait perdre le fil du texte à certains moments, j'ai pu voir pourquoi cette œuvre a traversé les âges et est considérée comme un chef-d’œuvre. C'est une lecture à faire au moins une fois dans sa vie.
Sep 26, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed reading Homer's Odyssey and Iliad. I actually read this book of my own volition and not because I had to for school. The stories are very unique and captivating. You'll be sitting on the edge of your chair. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mythology of any kind.

I enjoyed it so much that I believe I'll give it another read after so many years and an adequate review.
Dec 20, 2013 Maha_a7mad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
الصفحات البيضاء كثيرة و التكرار أكثر و الأخطاء الإملائية لا تحتمل
أستفدت منه القليل فقط
Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann

Maciej Bliziński
Jan 17, 2016 Maciej Bliziński rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the core of Western culture, there is ancient Rome and Greece, and at the core of the ancient Roman and Greek culture, there is Homer. When reading, I really did feel that the Iliad and Odyssey contain the basic building blocks of the Western way of thinking. For example, Achilles and Odysseus were arguing about what to do next, and each could make a case that sounded convincing. But the ideas were not equally good.

This translation uses plain English, with no hexameter of rhymes, which helped
Greg Pitts
Feb 28, 2013 Greg Pitts rated it it was amazing
After being force-fed this epic poem in school I was stunned by how much I loved it! I don't even know who's translation I first read, but I've read The Iliad twice since, and Fagles' translation is the best yet. Beautiful imagery and really exciting battle scenes (really!) explaining the loyalties of The Gods and their favorites on Earth.

This book is not a chore like we have been led to believe. Trust me, I don't go out seeking ancient Greek poems. But this is great stuff and Fagles' translati
Apr 15, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Genius. Pure Genius. In my opinion, these are two of the greatest works. My Freshman year of high school a few friends and I did a report on "The Odyssey". I will never forget the rhythym to our little "chant wrap" about the Odyssey..."We're here to tell a tale of Odysseus and his crew...and of the great adventures they all went through. So sit right back, and listen to our tail. You'll be grateful we have airplanes and you don't have to sail, sail, sail". I know, so funny! I can't remember much ...more
ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ
πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν·
πολλῶν δ ἀνθρώπων ἴδεν ἄστεα καὶ νόον ἔγνω,
πολλὰ δ ὅ γ ἐν πόντῳ πάθεν ἄλγεα ὃν κατὰ θυμόν,
ἀρνύμενος ἥν τε ψυχὴν καὶ νόστον ἑταίρων.

[Muse, tell me of a man: a man of much resource, who was made to wander far and long, after he had sacked the sacred city of Troy. Many were the men whose lands he saw and came to know their thinking: many too the miseries at sea which he suffered in his heart, as he sough
El alquimista del tedio .
Jun 03, 2015 El alquimista del tedio . rated it really liked it
Hay libros que uno siempre tiene en mente y que nunca (o casi nunca) lee. La Ilíada y la Odisea los dos grandes poemas de Homero (o de quien sean, pues su autoría no parece confirmada al 100% y parece que pudiera ser una obra mancomunada o bien Homero plasmó por escrito lo que venían siendo cantos dispersos a los que logró dar una unidad inédita hasta entonces) son dos de esos libros que me propuse leer antes de las elecciones municipales y que finalmente he conseguido acabar. Los dos.

Ciertos li
Oct 26, 2015 Chioma rated it really liked it
I like the Iliad much better than the Odyssey.
Dec 25, 2015 Damon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
The Illiad is very rambling and quite boring.
Andrew Adanene
Sep 27, 2013 Andrew Adanene is currently reading it
Strong, clever, cunning, wise, and intelligent. These are some of the few simple words that describe the classic hero. To some, Odysseus is recognized as self-absorbed and a fraud. This is wrong; Odysseus is a true hero. Odysseus' heroism can be seen through the two characteristics of strength, and intelligence. Using these, Odysseus is able to make it through the hardships of his journey.
Throughout the journey, Odysseus' strength is greatly tested. He shows strength when he blinds the Cyclops.
Tyler Chatelain
Apr 13, 2011 Tyler Chatelain rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the Iliad due to the Homer's portrayal of the conflicts between man and the gods, with both even warring amongst themselves. The battle scenes become so visceral, and are fleshed out more when the concept of mortality becomes challenged by the intervention of gods in protecting certain individuals. Homer manages to make the tale seem even more powerful due to the characterization he gives for several prominent mortals and the Olympian gods. The most intriguing part of the Il ...more
May 03, 2011 Patrice rated it liked it
I think for all the books that I cannot recall the date I read them, I'm using January 1, 2010. I was required to read these in college. The Odyssey was actually pretty good. Odysseus is a clever and determined hero and I prefer those. It was also a creative adventure and a journey which are also fun. I did not care for the Iliad. One entire chapter was a roll call for the Greeks invading Troy. I don't like Achilles. For a legendary Greek warrior he is a whiny little mama's boy. In fact, I didn' ...more
Adrienne Boudreau
Jul 24, 2011 Adrienne Boudreau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonely Women
A much more rewarding and passionate read as the full version, as silly as that sounds. The abridged version they make high schoolers read is, well, incredibly abridged. I feel like I got robbed of most of the story as a teen. An exciting weave of mythology and story I really enjoyed the Odyssey in it's entirity. The passion, adventure and determination all of the main characters had was enjoyable. I also enjoyed all of the Greek customs and history included, though at times, they told me way to ...more
Evangelos Sotiris
Oct 03, 2015 Evangelos Sotiris rated it it was amazing
The foundation of ethics and literature.
I knooooow I am supposed to love this. Its like a badge that smart people wear. Ohhh look, I've read it and I loooooved it. Well I'm smart, read it in college, and really couldn't stand it. Perhaps it was because, at the time, I was sick to death of reading books like this. Classics from dead white males that the collegiate collective said, "yes...I bequeath thee mandatory reading for the smartie society"...but I just never got into these.


Its just not my thing. No offense Homer...I just
Regina Lindsey
Oct 02, 2014 Regina Lindsey rated it really liked it
I think most people know the nuts and bolts of the story. The Iliad covers a couple of weeks in the ten year siege of the city of Troy, focusing specifically on the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon. The Odyssey covers Odysseus ten year struggle to return home after angering Poseidon. In his absence it is assumed he has died and his wife, Penelope, is forced to consider remarriage to one of the many suitors who has besieged the palace at Ithaca.

This was one of my Dive Deep reads for our tri
Mike Anastasia
Jul 20, 2014 Mike Anastasia rated it it was amazing
This series, considered by most to be the cornerstone of western society, may be one of the greatest stories told in recorded history. Absolutely timeless and omnieducational, Dr. Fagles' version is the definitive translation for English-speaking scholars the world over.

The Iliad was to the Hellenistic (Greek) peoples as the Bible is to Catholics. The epic undertones crossing the lives of Achilles, Phoenix, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Ajax and so, so many others are as a firework finale across an azure
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In the Western classical tradition, Homer (Greek: Όμηρος) is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time,
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“Rage - Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles.”
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