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Iliad by Homer
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Sep 02, 2011

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Read from September 02 to 06, 2011

Over the past few weeks, I've read and re-read The Iliad three times (against my will), and I still don't know everything that happened. You could read it fifteen times and still not know everything that happened. It's simply so grand in scale that it needs to be absorbed over multiple readings because you're almost guaranteed to miss something.

As you probably know, this poem describes events that occurred in the last few weeks (months?) of the Trojan War. The main focus seems to be Achilles' rage at Agamemnon, but it shifts from that from time to time. It reads like a glorified textbook, in that I didn't really know with which side I was expected to sympathize, and most of it is a play-by-play of "so-and-so killed so-and-so." However, the reader does get insight into some of the characters, especially Achilles (who never seemed to know what he wanted), Hector, Helen (who will always be my favorite), and Andromache, to name a few.

Translation is everything, and while I've read different translations of Homer before, Lombardo offers the best I've ever read. His verse is easy to read for the modern reader, but it didn't cheapen the poem, if that makes sense. I loved it.

I guess there's not much more about The Iliad I can say that hasn't already been said. All I know is that I appreciate Homer much more than I did when I read The Odyssey as a high school freshman.

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Reading Progress

09/02/2011 page 20
4.0% "To people even the slightest bit intimidated by Homer, this is the translation for you. It's seriously wonderful."
09/05/2011 page 160
31.0% "Between this and Danse Macabre, I want to commit."
09/06/2011 page 355
69.0% "I never knew war could be so boring."
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Austin Pretty boring? My cousin tried reading this but she gave up :p

Michael I've actually read though this twice since I've updated this; I just haven't got around to writing a review yet. :P

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