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The Iliads of Homer


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. . .None thenceforth might contend with him, tho' nought admir'd for
  The third man, aged Priam mark'd, was Ajax Telamon,
  Of whom he ask'd: "What lord is that, so large of limb and bone,
  So rais'd in height, that to his breast I see there reacheth none?"
  To him the Goddess of her sex, the large-veil'd Helen, said:
  "That Lord is Ajax Telamon, a bulwark in their aid.
  On th' other side stands Idomen, in Crete of most command,
  And round about his royal sides his Cretan captains stand;
  Oft hath the warlike Spartan king giv'n hospitable due
  To him within our Lacene court, and all his retinue.
  And now the other Achive dukes I gen'rally discern;
  All which I know, and all their names could make thee quickly
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Community Reviews


“The Classics, it is the Classics!” William Blake is said to have exclaimed, with pointed reference to Homer, “that Desolate Europe with Wars!”

Blake's exclamation might not be as atrocious as it sounds at first. There might be some truth to this, a universal tru

Pablo Picasso spent his entire life trying desperately to do something new, something unique. He moved from style to style, mastering and then abandoning both modern and classical methods, even trying to teach his trained artist's hand to paint like a child.

In 1940, four French teens and a dog stumb

*SCREAMING, CRYING, THROWING UP* I wanted to make The Iliad my first book of 2023 and I did. BUT AT WHAT COST???? Nothing will ever be the same. This book changed everything. Excuse me while I go sit in a corner and SCREAM (AND CRY AND SCREAM SOME MORE).



3½ stars

Two mysteries were solved by my finally finishing The Iliad.

1) It is so obvious why these Ancient Greek stories have survived for so many years-- it's all gory violence and sex. Homer tapped into these marketing tools early.

2) I now understand why puritanical attitudes toward female sexua

This is a must read for every italian boys and girls at school ( many years ago the ministry of education put it with Dante, and Manzoni as a fixed programm to study for all the young italians); we begin to study "Iliade" from middle then up to High school ...and then at College if you choose humani

as a native english speaker, im not exposed to translated books very often; so this reread is the first time where i have truly comprehended the significance of a translation and how it can either make or break a story.

i first read parts of ‘the iliad’ back when i was in school and i just remember

Ἰλιάς = The Iliad, Homer

The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer.

Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel betwee

What I learned from this book (in no particular order):

1. Victory or defeat in ancient Greek wars is primarily the result of marital spats and/or petty sibling rivalry in Zeus and Hera’s dysfunctional divine household.

2. Zeus “the father of gods and men” is a henpecked husband who is also partial to

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