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The Iliad

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The great war epic of Western literature, translated by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles, and featured in the Netflix series The OA
 
Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
 
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”

This Penguin Classics Deluxe edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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So great is the impact of ancient Greek literature on Western culture that even people who have never read Homer's Iliad or The Odyssey know a lot about them. The Trojan Horse, Achilles' heel, the Sirens' call, Scylla and Charybdis--all have entered popular mythology, becoming metaphors for the less heroic situations we face in our own lives. Ever since these oral poems were committed to paper (probably in the 8th century B.C.E.), people have been translating them. The version of Iliad translated by Stanley Lombardo is a brave departure from previous translations; Lombardo attempts to adapt the text to the needs of readers rather than the listeners for whom the work was originally intended. To this end, he has streamlined the poem, removing many of the stock repetitions such as the infamous "rosy-fingered dawn," or rewriting them in ways dependent on their context. What emerges is a vivid, lively rendition of one of the world's great stories of men and war.

But classicists, beware: This Iliad has something of a '90s sensibility, from the cover art (a photograph of the D-Day Normandy landing) to Achilles' Rambo-like diction. It might well outrage the purists, but for those who remember their musty high-school reading of Homer's great epic with a barely suppressed yawn, Lombardo's energetic translation is just the version to change their minds.

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The new recording of Homer’s The Iliad read by Anton Lesser uses a new and lively translation by Ian Johnston, a retired instructor (now a Research Associate) at Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. He comments: ‘Translating is the ultimate close reading of a text, since one has to come to grips with it word by word, constantly asking questions of the author. I’d taught the Iliad many many times, and so it seemed right that I should finally really wrestle with it at close quarters.’ ‘What attracts me most about Classical literature is the vision of the world as a place vitally alive with divine presences who are always interfering with human life on every level, as often as not maliciously and for no apparent reason (other than divine desire). I find the absence of guilt (in a Christian sense) and the emphasis on status and shame immensely congenial (especially in Homer). And all the rewards and punishments that matter are in this life (no matter what Socrates might say).’ Professor Johnston has been translating various works for about fifteen years. ‘I started because I wanted materials for my classes (especially in History of Science) and just kept going. I do it now because I really enjoy the close reading required. But I think translating is like filling in crossword puzzles – some people just cannot understand the point, others see at once how pleasurable it can be.’ The Iliad took Professor Johnston four years ‘on and off’, but The Odyssey, which he has also done, took just two years. ‘Computers make the exercise much faster because of on-line lexicons, commentaries, and so on (also I work obsessively when I’m on a project).’ Anton Lesser is currently recording the Johnston translation (The Odyssey ) for Naxos AudioBooks in its unabridged form.

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