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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'
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Paperback, Boxed Set, 1556 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published -800)
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Trisha The Iliad because the Odyssey is a follow up to the war as Odysseus makes his way home. The Odyssey refers back to people who lived through the Trojan…moreThe Iliad because the Odyssey is a follow up to the war as Odysseus makes his way home. The Odyssey refers back to people who lived through the Trojan War and things that took place so it gives point of reference and understanding that we all try to come to as we look back on our memories.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ἰλιάς ; Ὀδύσσεια = The Iliad and Odyssey, Homer

The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.

The Iliad Characters: Ajax, Odysseus, Helen of Troy, Menelaus, Paris, Hector, Achilles, Agamemnon, Aeneas, Sarpedon, Priam, Cassandra,
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André Neves
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read it when was in school and it was obligatory Portuguese subject reading. I tried a second reading and decided to give another opportunity to this masterpiece and I really really enjoyed it even more than the first time.
Lucinda Reed-Nowland
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Christina
May 07, 2012 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
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Patricia
Feb 11, 2011 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
Keivan
Jul 22, 2010 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
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✨Bean's Books✨
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a damn Greek tragedy!
The Iliad takes us through the battle of Troy and the Greek invasion. We are able to Marvel at great warriors like Hector and Achilles. We are able to hear of their struggles and their woes and eventually their deaths.
The Odyssey takes us through the 10-year struggle to return home after the Trojan War has ended. Odysseus battles mystical creatures and the Wrath of the Gods as he tries desperately to come back home to his throne.
Homer is definitely a master of the Greek
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saïd
I've compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of every translation of the Iliad and Odyssey I've read, with links to my reviews when I've written them. Translators' names are listed in chronological order of the date their translation was first published. Translations into languages other than English are marked with an initial asterisk. If it's listed here, I've read it; I will eventually write a review for those without working links, I promise.

Odyssey
George Chapman (1615)
Thomas Hobbes (1675)
Alexander
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Flybyreader
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the war that started it all. The legend that became a culture, converted into fiction, comic books and movies. The most meaningless yet brutal war that took two decades, thousands of good men and gods wasted their everything to become a part of. This is the one and only: Iliad and Odyssey.

Iliad ⭐⭐⭐

“Any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”

Iliad was a confusing, brutal and unn
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Cindy Rollins
I am reading this to two sets of students and it never gets old. My only complaint is that the Provensons left out Argos. I do believe it is the best children's Homer I have read. I love the chapter breakdowns which are almost parallel to the poems. The Provensons never disappoint, do they? ...more
1marcus
May 05, 2009 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
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max theodore
okay i miiiiight actually dnf this by which i mean... mark it as finished without reading the odyssey part. because as cool as this edition is, visually (gold pages!!!), it's in prose, and reading the iliad in poetry has made me realize that - holy shit, guys - an epic poem should probably be read in poetry! or at least it's more fun that way for me. gary i need a non-prose odyssey etc etc anyway shoutout to my brother for letting me borrow this in the first place ...more
Elsa K
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I only read "The Odyssey" this time through. I haven't read it since high school and have been wanting to read it again. It is obviously well written and a classic. The 'legend/epic' style is different from what I normally read, but I enjoyed it.

As a female though I couldn't help but get annoyed with Odysseus sleeping with goddesses etc. while Penelope is pining away for him. Although, I also got annoyed at Penelope's inability to send the suitors away, so maybe they were meant for each oth
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Karen
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS


Laertes called out in deep delight,
"What a day for me, dear gods!
What joy - my son and my grandson vying over courage!"


I have finally tackled Homer, all in one fell swoop. And of course they both will receive full marks. I mean, who am I to rate literature that dates back to the 8th Century BC. Since I read a translation of the work, and listened to it on audio, I can say that it was quite easy to understand and read very well by John Lescault.

A little bit about Homer, according to
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Tom
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



Well, after hearing of the Iliad and the Odyssey for my entire life through the miasma of culture, media, and that one primary school teacher who, to my memory, taught me nothing but greek myth (big up Miss Fahey), I finally got around to reading them.

Well, kind of.
Reading stories this old is like saying you finally heard Bohemian Rhapsody, but it was played by some guy in a pub who heard another guy describe it (admitantly, really well) on the radio from the time his dad played it for him aft
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Elena Sinagra
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading “The Song of Achilles” I found a new interest in Ancient Greece, as well as the myths and stories that go along with it. “The Iliad and the Odyssey” is as much about history and collective humanity as it is about the actual story of the Trojan War and Odysseus’s voyage home. Although at times difficult to read and tiring, it is a timeless piece of literature that has inspired countless other great works of art. Odysseus has survived the Trojan War and the perilous journey back to I ...more
Timothy Boyd
Very nice audio book telling these immortal classics. To me these were the world's first superheroes and villains. Recommended ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Anastasia
September 5th, 2016
3 stars.
Finished the Iliad! Finally done.
*I've read it for my Foreign literature class.

It took me a month, and not because it was boring or anything (although some chapters were less exciting than others), it's just really hard to read because of the metre - hexameter. Not a natural metre for a Russian poetry, so it was unusual.

But I did like this book. Especially all those gruesome descriptions of death. It was sort of fascinating.
Also I did like a lot of the characters -
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Bob Baen
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve finished The Iliad only. I’m saving The Odyssey for another time. I thought the translation and narration were very good. There are so many characters in these stories, it was sometimes difficult for me to remember the backgrounds of all of the players and to follow the timeline. I’m the one deficient in this regard. I need to increase my knowledge of all of these Greek myths and the participants. Part of my sometimes confusion was probably because I binge listened to this while traveling. ...more
Dennis Daulton
Jul 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your going to read Homer you must read Chapman’s Homer. Chapman, a poet who was contemporary with Shakespeare, brings alive Homer with epic poetry the way Homer would have recited it. Epic poetry at first can be intimidating but once your get into the meter it feels strange without it. The Illiad of I remember correctly is written with 14 syllables per line but the Odyssey is written with 10 syllables per line. The extra four syllables changes the tone and character that distinguishes the Ill ...more
Eva
Apr 28, 2018 added it
Shelves: owned, lgbtq, classics
28/04/2018
I've been reading the Oddysey with a book club and I must say that added a lot to my reading experience. I noticed more, I laughed more, I analysed more. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I'm happy I've done so. I don't have a rating, because it feels wrong to rate a book that has been around for over 2000 years. Who am I in comparison?

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6/12/2018
We've now seen The Illiad in class. That means I've read parts of it in Ancient Greek and parts in Dutch.
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Azita Rassi
Five stars to the Odyssey and 2.5 to the Iliad to be exact. I was very bored with the who-killed-whom parts in the Iliad.
Fitzgerald’s translation of the Odyssey is nowhere as good as Emily Wilson’s although it is still a very powerful translation. Dan Stevens’s narration really brought it to life. I hope an audiobook of Ms. Wilson’s translation is made soon as well.
No matter how many times I read or watch or hear the story of Hector’s death, it makes me sad all over again. Man-eating war indee
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♥♣Mary♦♠ If She So Pleases
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.
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Cedric
Dec 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Oh hell.
I thought I was an intelligent human being until I tried to read this. I think I'm going to go back to picture books now.
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Damon
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
The Illiad is very rambling and quite boring.
Sali-steady-read
Couldn't finish it, that's a pity! Lost track of the story as the time gap grew larger... But I may reread it one day as I enjoyed it pretty much. ...more
Gabrielle
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iliad
This was so graphically violent. If it weren't for the language I would've thought I was reading the screenplay for a 21st-century movie. I had no idea! Gore aside, this was difficult for me to get through because nothing much happens other than fighting. Even most of the tangential stories are about older fights!

The plot seemed to drag on longer than necessary, but I did feel for doomed Hector and marvel at Achilles' ability to hold deep, vengeful grudges. And oh, the fickle gods! Rather
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Megha Chakraborty
"Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man."
-The Odyssey.

The Iliad and the Odyssey are two books that I have always wanted to read. Luckily I found a hardbound version and translated by Samuel Butler.
In The Iliad, Greeks are marching to war backed by legendary greek hereos like Achilles, Menelaus, Ulysses as well as their leader Agamemnon amongst others. They fight back and forth with the Trojans in front of the cities great walls.
All this h
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In the Western classical tradition, Homer (Greek: Ὅμηρος) 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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