Iliad by Homer

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• Translated by Stanley Lombardo.
• Introduction by Sheila Murnaghan.

"Gripping. . . . Lombardo's achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task. . . . [He] manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten reworking of a great classic."
—Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Times Book Review


About Homer

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Amongst his previous publications are: Homer (Past Masters, OUP, 1980), Homer on Life and Death (OUP, 1980), Virgil (past Masters, OUP, 1986), co-editor with Murray and Boardman of The Oxford History of the Classical World (OUP, 1986), Homer: The Odyssey (CUP, 1987).
Published June 1, 1997 by Hackett Publishing Co.. 580 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“We don’t know anything about Homer,” bluntly declares prolific polymath Manguel (A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections on a Year of Books, 2004, etc.).

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The New York Times

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Its oldest surviving manuscript fragments date only to the second or third century B.C., but the “Iliad” came into being much earlier, in the eighth century B.C., and came to be attributed about a century later to a poet named Homer.

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The Guardian

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Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography, by Alberto Manguel (304pp, Atlantic, £12.99) An Iliad, by Alessandro Baricco, translated by Ann Goldstein (208pp, Canongate, £10.99) As a student of classics I was always struck and puzzled by the contrast between Homer's almost godlike stature amon...

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The Telegraph

He does, however, achieve a powerful simplicity: “And by nightfall many Trojans and many Achaeans/lay stretched out beside one another, face down in the dirt.” Mitchell displays the grandeur and violence of battle tempered with the sweetness of domesticity (as when Phoenix remembers mopp...

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San Francisco Chronicle

The adapters are careful to give us a bit of context, how the war started - when Trojan prince Paris ran off with Helen, the wife of a Greek king - and what happened after the fatal showdown between the two warriors and Homer's epic ends (if you don't know who won, you'll just have to see the show).

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London Review of Books

This sort of thing provoked the very first critic of the Iliad known to us, the sixth-century Xenophanes of Lydian Colophon, who objected that ‘Homer and Hesiod attributed to the gods all things which are disreputable and worthy of blame when done by men.’ Mitchell’s excisions of detail are too f...

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Los Angeles Review of Books

The boldness of his approach is announced in the opening line of the poem, which begins with a key word: ”Rage.” Both of Homer’s classic English translators, George Chapman and Alexander Pope, rendered that first word, menin, as “wrath.” Lattimore toned this down to “anger,” but Fagles raises the...

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Putting aside the arguments about whether Book 10 deserves to be considered part of the original – and there is no consensus – it’s worth noting that its excision dovetails nicely with Mitchell’s philosophical position.

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Carlin Romano

By omitting it, Mitchell has not translated the Iliad read by Virgil and Milton, but a presumptive earlier one.

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