The Iliad of Homer
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The Iliad of Homer

By (author) Homer , Translated by Richmond Lattimore , Introduction and notes by Richard Martin

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"Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus son Achilleus / and its devastation." For sixty years, that's how Homer has begun the "Iliad" in English, in Richmond Lattimore's faithful translation the gold standard for generations of students and general readers. This long-awaited new edition of Lattimore's "Iliad" is designed to bring the book into the twenty-first century while leaving the "poem" as firmly rooted in ancient Greece as ever. Lattimore's elegant, fluent verses with their memorably phrased heroic epithets and remarkable fidelity to the Greek remain unchanged, but classicist Richard Martin has added a wealth of supplementary materials designed to aid new generations of readers. A new introduction sets the poem in the wider context of Greek life, warfare, society, and poetry, while line-by-line notes at the back of the volume offer explanations of unfamiliar terms, information about the Greek gods and heroes, and literary appreciation. A glossary and maps round out the book. The result is a volume that actively invites readers into Homer's poem, helping them to understand fully the worlds in which he and his heroes lived and thus enabling them to marvel, as so many have for centuries, at Hektor and Ajax, Paris and Helen, and the devastating rage of Achilleus."

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 38.1mm | 703.06g
  • 15 Nov 2011
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 0226470490
  • 9780226470498
  • 21,575

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Richmond Lattimore (1906 1984) was a poet, translator, and longtime professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College. Richard Martin is the Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics at Stanford University."

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