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The Iliad/The Odyssey/The Aeneid

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A glorious boxed set featuring Robert Fagles's award-winning translations of the three great epics of Western literature

ONE OF THE PREEMINENT translators of our time, Robert Fagles's interpretations of these epic poems give new life to three seminal works in the Western canon. The Penguin Classic Deluxe Editions of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid are collected here
Paperback, 1648 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Penguin Classics (first published 600)
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J.D. Brink
Oct 17, 2013 J.D. Brink rated it it was amazing
I was one of those English majors who never really read the books in school they were supposed to. I'm a slow reader and just didn't feel I had the time. So after I graduated, I went back and read the ones I'd always really wanted to read. In that process, I finally got to all three of these: the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Aeneid (mostly while afloat in the Navy with no where else to go).

The Iliad and Odyssey are great and I found that the lyrical style was something I actually enjoyed. While the p
Gene Skala
Apr 25, 2011 Gene Skala rated it it was amazing
Well you have to read it sometime, right? Maybe this isn't too odd of a reason, but I picked this version of Odyssey because of the beautiful design, printed and deckled paper. I believe the 'feel' of a book adds alot to the experience.

Robert Fagles is amazing. After I read Illiad and then Aeneid, I'm convinced he's one, if not *the* greatest living translator. The story reads near conversational, which means you don't have to bother with many footnotes. But the big draw for me is that it loses
Oct 01, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Fagles' translation is fantastic. So much better than Fitzgerald. We get maps, genealogy. . . Amazing.
Scott Pierce
Jan 07, 2017 Scott Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Much-lauded new translation of the The Aeneid by Fagles.

Description of sailing quickly - "only a razor-edge between the devil and the deep blue sea"

As Aeneas leaves Dido after Dido condemns him: "But Aeneas is driven by duty now. Strongly as he longs to ease and allay her sorrow, speak to her, turn away her anguish with reassurance, still, moaning deeply, heart shattered by his great love, in spite of all he obeys the gods' commands and back he goes to his ships."

Dido seemed upset at Aeneas depa
Dec 07, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing
loved this epic poem. I had to read some of it for a college course and decided to read the entire thing.
Nov 06, 2013 Kyle rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest that when I read the entirety of the epic it was when I was translating it from the Latin in my class many years ago. We did use this translation to check ourselves and based on all the professors I had who go over the Aeneid they have said this is the best translation.

There's nothing more to say other than it's the story of Aeneas and his travels from Troy to Italy and the Trojan's victory. There are 12 books and it is fashioned in a poetry style in dactylic hexameter (and if you
May 07, 2015 Logan rated it it was amazing
The Aeneid Review
Personally I found The Aeneid to be an excellent story. I would definitely recommend this to book to anyone who likes a book with a good story and a good meaning. Also the book is a spinoff of sorts from Homers Iliad. So if you enjoyed that story you will certainly enjoy this one.
The story is based around the idea that before Troy fell to the Greeks a group of Trojans, led by the epic hero in the story Aeneas, escaped the city. They then made their way to the Italian peninsul
Kathryn Blanco
I was amazed at how much more modern the Aeneid read than the account of some of the same events in the Iliad and the Odyssey. I found Aeneas a more compelling hero and, because of the more modern viewpoint, appreciated all of the character's motivations more. They fought for honor and glory, yes, but mostly strived for peace and a homeland. Women, though still underrepresented, played a much greater role in this account, particularly the warrior Camilla. The Fagles translation contained plenty ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Erika rated it it was ok
This is really a review of The Aeneid; I just couldn't find Fagles's translation of this book alone on Goodreads. I did read all three of the books translated by Fagles, with The Aeneid being the last one I read. I liked The Odyssey the best, then The Aeneid, then The Iliad. The Aeneid seemed to combine the stories from the other two books, to present The Odyssey and The Iliad from the Trojan perspective. I liked the writing style of Homer better than Virgil - it was somehow more riveting and ke ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Elle rated it really liked it
My high school English teachers will be glad to know that I finally read the Aeneid. "Of arms and the man I sing" has got to be one of the best opening sentences of all times. The story itself is gripping, the fall of Troy, the tragic fate of Dido, the politics of the gods, the pomp and circumstance of Trojan piety. Aeneas, like Odysseus before him, visits the underworld, long before Dante, but here we see the rebirth of souls with forgetfulness as the only redemption, and the glory of Rome anti ...more
May 22, 2016 Kelsey added it
The Aeneid is a tough book to get through. I had to read this book for a 2-week intensive course at Grove City college, and I knew going in that I would probably fail the quizzes based on my previous history with the work. I was right. Somehow all the names beginning with "A" combined with the gruesome deaths does not stick in my memory.

So, I am still trying to appreciate this work, and especially appreciate the themes of pride, honor, and justice that are recurrent. Debates on this book are us
Dan Snyder
Mar 12, 2016 Dan Snyder rated it it was amazing
I enjoy the feeling of meter in this translation. The language moves. I'm reading quite a bit of Latin these days, and my impression of this translation is that it is 'dynamic' - trying to recapture the thrill of work for a modern English reader.

Also.... are we ever 'finished' with a book like this?
Sep 19, 2009 kyle added it
Some extraordinary passages. The section on Dido and Aeneas is justly legendary. The description of the sacking of Troy is unforgettable. Even some of the sections I thought would be boring (on the funeral games, some of the battles, etc.) had beautiful passages and striking moments. Not sure if I'll feel a need to revisit it but glad I took the trip once.
* This just refers to the Aeneid.
Jul 30, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, favorites
Robert Fagles' translation of the Aeneid is superb. It's the only one I have finished so far and has made rereading this classic a pleasure and some of the best reading I have done in quite a while. Give yourself a treat!
Julia Farrell
Oct 05, 2013 Julia Farrell rated it it was amazing
This refers only to The Aeneid
Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Never read it before. Great story, easy to read. One piece of advice, unless you are a Latin scholar, don't read the forward. The poem speaks for itself. Wonderful!
Sep 19, 2013 Lena rated it it was amazing
Fagles' translations of all three works are by far my favorite. I'm sad that he didn't do one for the Metamorphoses.
Dana Ang Lopez
Jan 19, 2011 Dana Ang Lopez rated it really liked it
Iliad was a bit tiresome to read through. The Aeneid is basically the Roman version of the Odyssey.
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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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