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    The Iliad (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Homer, Translated by Robert Fagles, Introduction by Bernard Knox

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    DescriptionA work of tremendous influence that has inspired writers from his ancient Greek contemporaries to modernist writers such as T.S. Eliot, Homer's epic poem "The Iliad" is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction and notes by Bernard Knox in "Penguin Classics". One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's "Iliad" tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, Achilles storms back into battle to take revenge - although knowing this will ensure his own early death. Interwoven with this tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, of the domestic world inside Troy's besieged city of Ilium, and of the conflicts between the Gods on Olympus as they argue over the fate of mortals. Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" are attributed. "The Iliad" is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived. If you enjoyed "The Iliad", you might like "The Odyssey", also available in "Penguin Classics". "An astonishing performance". (Peter Levi). "Plain and direct, noble, above all rapid...leading the reader forward with an irresistible flow. [Fagles'] version is imbued with humanity". (Oliver Taplin, "The New York Times Book Review"). "Robert Fagles has given us an Iliad to read aloud: eloquent, rhythmical, and full of power". (Jasper Griffin, Oxford University).


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    Title
    The Iliad
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Homer, Translated by Robert Fagles, Introduction by Bernard Knox
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140445923
    ISBN 10: 0140445927
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Libri: B-236
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: B-085
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Libri: B-232
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Libri: B-452
    DC22: 883.01
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 640
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    Abridged Dewey: 883
    LC classification: PA4025.A2 F33 1991
    DC23: 883.01
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    27 February 1992
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives. Both works attributed to Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original.