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The Iliad

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

August 2012

ISBN: 9780199645213

512 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

The Iliad tells the story of Greek warrior Achilles' great anger and the tragic death of Hector during the Trojan War, encapsulating the brutality of war. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers, and this new translation is elegant and accurate, respecting the original line numbers, and accompanied by authoritative editorial matter.

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The Iliad tells the story of Greek warrior Achilles' great anger and the tragic death of Hector during the Trojan War, encapsulating the brutality of war. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers, and this new translation is elegant and accurate, respecting the original line numbers, and accompanied by authoritative editorial matter.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Homer

Translated by Anthony Verity, former Master of Dulwich College, and with introduction and notes by Barbara Graziosi, Professor of Classics, Durham University

Reviews

"Homer's epic [is] unpredictably and achingly beautiful." - Nadia Rogers, Irish Times