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Published: 09 August 2012

512 Pages | 2 maps


ISBN: 9780199645213

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The Iliad

Translated by Anthony Verity and with introduction and notes by Barbara Graziosi

Oxford World's Classics

  • A major new translation of Homer's great epic poem, that out of an episode from the Trojan war encapsulates the great tragedy of war, and the meaning of life and death.
  • Anthony Verity's rendering transmits the directness, power, and dignity of Homer's poetry in an elegant and accurate translation that respects the original line numbers.
  • Barbara Graziosi, an authority on Homeric poetry, offers a full introduction that guides the reader in understanding the composition of the poem, its literary qualities, and the many different contexts in which it was performed and read.
  • Extensive notes offer book-by-book summaries and elucidate difficult words and passages, mythological allusions, references to ancient practices and artefacts, and geographical names.
  • An annotated bibliography offers a succinct guide to further scholarship in English; a full index of names enables the reader to trace particular characters through the text; two maps elucidate the Catalogue of Ships (i.e. the geography of Greece) and the Catalogue of the Trojans (i.e. the geography of Asia Minor).
  • The translation, introduction, notes, and maps are fully informed by up-to-date Homeric scholarship. The line-by-line translation is invaluable for anyone wishing to coordinate the text with the secondary literature.

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