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Iliad I-XII

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The 'red Macmillan' Iliad in the edition of W. Leaf, which had served since the 1880s, was replaced in 1978 & '84 by the two-volume edition of M.M. Willcock. Coverage of twelve books in each volume demands concise introduction & commentary, but Willcock is not omissive. He includes, for example, mention of significant aspects of Homeric diction more fully in the ea ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2009 by Duckworth Publishing (first published December 31st 1920)
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Cindy Rollins
Jun 16, 2016 Cindy Rollins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
I read all 24 books of this translation but cannot find it on Goodreads. It was an Audible selections with Charlton Griffin as the narrator. It was my 2nd time through this edition and not that different from Lattimore. Griffin's voice is uniquely appropriate for epic poetry.
Μιχάλης Μανωλιός
Πριν λίγες μέρες, τελείωσα ένα από πιο σημαντικά και πιο εντυπωσιακά βιβλία φανταστικού και μη που έχουν γραφτεί ποτέ, την Ιλιάδα. Με πιο ψύχραιμο μάτι, μπορώ να διακρίνω κάποιες αδυναμίες, αλλά η γενική μου εντύπωση ήταν ένα δίμηνο γεμάτο «ωωω», «ααα», «τι λες τώρα!», «τι έγραψε ο θεός!» και άλλα τέτοια ευτράπελα. Βρήκα λοιπόν τον ποιητή στον πάνθεον των δημιουργών, εκεί που του έπλενε τα πόδια ο Σαίξπηρ και του έκαναν αέρα ο Μιχαήλ Άγγελος και ο Μότσαρτ (βλ. πίνακα Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingre ...more
Pilar Erika
Oct 04, 2016 Pilar Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epics, homer

Two volumes: Vol.1, Books 1-12, and vol.2, Books 13-24.

Very good edition by David B. Monro and Thomas W.Allen.

Regarding form, the Iliad, is one of my favourite epic poems.
James F
Mar 19, 2015 James F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the Iliad three or four times; this is my second reading in the original Greek, and it's not going quickly -- my first book of the month on the 17th. Long considered the beginning of Western literature, until they found the Epic of Gilgamesh, which may have been an influence on it, it certainly influenced everything that came later. I can't really begin to give a review of a classic book like this. Of course much of the interest for a modern reader is more in trying to understand the b ...more
I'm not actually using the Loeb to read this but it's hard in GoodReads to find the correct editions...I'm using the Willcock commentary (Bristol Classical Press) this time...just going through the first book again to refresh my Greek. I may do more. At this point I don't yet know how far I'll go but I'll definitely review the first book.
May 24, 2007 Hank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A little drier than the Odyssey in my opinion, but still decent reading material for a lazy week.
I am giving this 5 stars, mostly because when reading it, you can get the sense of why this book has been considered so important for so long. There are many phrases ("wine-dark sea", "biting the dust") that are even now frequently said. It's clearly an important book in the history of Western civilization. It's actually pretty enjoyable, if you want adventure and fighting and bragging. Surprisingly graphic violence too.

As a piece of literature, it's grand, but frankly, somewhat strange and alie
Nov 30, 2015 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The single greatest novel ever written, in this humble classicist's opinion. The staggering emotional turmoil, the impenetrable code of arete, the abundance of gorgeous prose.... a brilliant book. Perfectly ensconces and punctuates the values of the heroic age; the trepidation and ferocity of pre-Hoplite combat, the tension and breath-stilling magnificence of the agon, the hubris and sense of immortality among so many of the warrior-aristocracy, and the demand for men of excellence and status to ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Adam19 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like the Iliad was a great window into a period of time that I didn't know that much about (funeral rites, physical competition, and the relationship between gods and humans). The narrative was engaging with pitched battles and the exploration of the thought processes of the characters. When I started, I expected more of a historical account but the inclusion of the gods and their direct intervention in human affairs fascinating; it felt like a parallel to contemporary proxy wars. The poe ...more
James Violand
Jun 30, 2014 James Violand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
Greatest epic ever written. A guy's book. Terrific on all levels. A must read by anyone who claims to be educated.
May 17, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to being able to read this one day. Meanwhile, struggling with my prepositions!
Jun 17, 2014 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ου νέμεσις Τρωας και ευκνήμιδας Αχαιους τοιηιδ’ αμφι γυναικι πολυν χρόνον άλγεα πάσχειν• είθε και λέξειάς τε γνοίης.
Jan 29, 2008 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
get a map and read it in a tropical place.
under a palm tree with the aroma of sunscreen.

Aug 28, 2014 I-kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't think this needs comment. The great anti-war poem.
Aug 15, 2010 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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