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    The Iliad (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Homer, Translated by E. V. Rieu, Edited by Peter Jones, Revised by D.C.H. Rieu

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    DescriptionHomer's "Iliad" is the greatest and most influential epic poem ever written, telling of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy. This "Penguin Classics" edition was originally translated by E.V. Rieu, revised and updated with an introduction and notes by Peter Jones and D.C.H. Rieu. 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, he storms back into battle to take revenge - even though he knows this will ensure his own untimely 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. E.V. Rieu's acclaimed translation of "The Iliad" was one of the first titles published in "Penguin Classics", and now has classic status itself. For this edition, Rieu's text has been revised, and now a new introduction and notes by Peter Jones complement the original introduction. 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 Homer's "Odyssey", also available in "Penguin Classics".


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    Title
    The Iliad
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Homer, Translated by E. V. Rieu, Edited by Peter Jones, Revised by D.C.H. Rieu
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140447941
    ISBN 10: 0140447946
    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: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    DC22: 883/.01
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    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA4025.A2 R53 2003
    DC22: 883
    BIC subject category V2: DB
    Thema V1.0: DB, DCF
    Illustrations note
    notes, maps, glossary, index
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Homer is thought to have lived c.750-700 BC in Ionia and is believed to be the author of the earliest works of Western Literature: The Odyssey and The Iliad. E V Rieu was a celebrated translator from Latin and Greek, and editor of Penguin Classics from 1944-64. His son, D C H Rieu, has revised his work. Peter Jones is former lecturer in Classics at Newcastle. He co-founded the 'Friends of Classics' society and is the editor of their journal and a columnist for The Spectator.