Out on 02 April 2020

The Iliad

Homer

Translated by Ernest Myers
Translated by Walter Leaf
Translated by Andrew Lang
3.85 based on 325201 ratings & 6383 reviews on Goodreads.com
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02 April 2020
9781529015003
544 pages
Synopsis

The Iliad has had a far-reaching impact on Western literature and culture, inspiring writers, artists and classical composers across the ages.

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is translated into prose by Andrew Lang, Walter Leaf and Ernest Myers, and features an introduction by author and classicist Natalie Haynes.

Paris, a Trojan prince, wins Helen as his prize for judging a beauty contest between three goddesses, and abducts her from her Greek husband Menelaos. The Greeks, enraged by his audacity, sail to Troy and begin a long siege of the city. The Iliad is set in the tenth year of the war. Achilles – the greatest Greek warrior – is angry with his commander, Agamemnon, for failing to show him respect. He refuses to fight any longer, which is catastrophic for the Greeks, and results in personal tragedy for Achilles, too. With themes of war, rage, grief and love, The Iliad remains powerful and enthralling more than 2,700 years after it was composed.

The final book of The Iliad has to be regarded, for my money, as the first great work in Western literature

Ranjit Bolt - Guardian

The granddaddy of all classics

Luke Slattery - Sydney Morning Herald

All we read today would be unwritable without the ‘love,’ ‘death’ and ‘dark’ that come to us in the first book of The Iliad

The New York Times