The Iliad


Homer - Author

Robert Fagles - Translator

Bernard Knox - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140445923 | 704 pages | 01 Jul 1991 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Interwoven in the tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals.


The Iliad Translator's Preface


The Spelling and Pronunciation of Homeric Names
1. Homeric Geography: Mainland Greece
2. Homeric Geography: The Peloponnese
3. Homeric Geography: The Aegean and Asia Minor
Inset: Troy and Vicinity

Homer: The Iliad

Book 1: The Rage of Achilles
Book 2: The Great Gathering of Armies
Book 3: Helen Reviews the Champions
Book 4: The Truce Erupts in War
Book 5: Diomedes Fights the Gods
Book 6: Hector Returns to Troy
Book 7: Ajax Duels with Hector
Book 8: The Tide of Battle Turns
Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles
Book 10: Marauding Through the Night
Book 11: Agamemnon's Day of Glory
Book 12: The Trojans Storm the Rampart
Book 13: Battling for the Ships
Book 14: Hera Outflanks Zeus
Book 15: The Achaean Armies at Bay
Book 16: Patroclus Fights and Dies
Book 17: Menelaus' Finest Hour
Book 18: The Shield of Achilles
Book 19: The Champion Arms for Battle
Book 20: Olympian Gods in Arms
Book 21: Achilles Fights the River
Book 22: The Death of Hector
Book 23: Funeral Games for Patroclus
Book 24: Achilles and Priam


The Genealogy of the Royal House of Troy
Textual Variants from the Oxford Classical Text
Notes on the Translation
Suggestions for Further Reading
Pronouncing Glossary
'An astonishing performance . . . This should now become the standard translation for a new generation.' -Peter Levi

'Plain and direct, noble, above all rapid . . . leading the reader forward with an irresistible flow. More readable than Lattimore or Fitzgerald, and more performable . . . #Fagles'# version is embued with humanity.'- Oliver Taplin, front page, The New York Times Book Review

'A great achievement . . . Robert Fagles has made these pages sing with ancient and modern power, and, with a clean, clear language, has brought Homer back to life.' - Anthony Hecht

'Mr Fagles can claim to be the twentieth-century champion.' - The Wall Street Journal

'A superb achievement of style.' - Denis Donoghue

'Robert Fagles has given us an Iliad to read aloud: eloquent, rhythmical, and full of power.' - Jasper Griffin, Oxford University

'A remarkable tour de force. Better than any translator of our time, Fagles catches the relentless sweep of the original . . . Bernard Knox’s introduction to the poem is a masterpiece no reader, however sophisticated, can afford to miss.' - Maynard Mack, Yale University