One of the oldest extant works of Western literature, the Iliad is a timeless epic poem of great warriors trapped between their own heroic pride and the arbitrary, often vicious decisions of fate and the gods. Renowned scholar and acclaimed translator Peter Green captures the Iliad in all its surging thunder for a new generation of readers.Featuring an enticingly personal introduction, a detailed synopsis of each book, a wide-ranging glossary, and explanatory notes for the few puzzling in-text items, the book also includes a select bibliography for those who want to learn more about Homer and the Greek epic. This landmark translation--specifically designed, like the oral original, to be read aloud--will soon be required reading for every student of Greek antiquity, and the great traditions of history and literature to which it gave birth.
"A fine translation, accurate and energetic." -- Thomas L. Cooksey Library Journal "Taken as a whole this is the best line-for-line translation of the poem I know." -- Colin Burrow London Review of Books "By "preserving the strangeness" of Homer, [Peter Green] gives the reader the fullest possible access to the ancient mind, into Homer's distant universe of wine-faced seas, god-like men and bronze skies." -- Kate Harvard Free Republic "Translating Homer into English is almost a genre of its own... Is there still a gap in the market? Peter Green's new translation shows that there is... his particular merit lies in achieving a clarity and fluidity that carries the reader (or indeed the declaimer) forward... a notable achievement." -- Richard Jenkyns TLS "Readers will learn a great deal about the Iliad from Green's detailed introduction and from comprehensive synopses of each book. A list summarizing the roles of main characters (Achilles to Zeus) and an index of names will benefit new readers as well as pros... Summing Up: Highly recommended." -- R. Cormier CHOICE
Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa. He is the author of both historical studies and translations of poetry, including The Poems of Catullus and Apollonios's The Argonautika, both by UC Press.
Preface Abbreviations Introduction THE ILIAD Synopsis Glossary Select Bibliography