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The Iliad
by Homer

ISBN: 9780140447941
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 576
PUBLICATION DATE: 30.01.2003
DIMENSIONS: 198mmX129mmX24mm 383grams

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The Illiad is the culmination of a long-standing oral tradition. The oral technique enabled a master bard like Homer to develop what may historically have been an event of minor importance into a fully fledged epic. So, out of a single episode in the legendary Trojan War - Achilles' withdrawal from the fighting and his return to kill the Trojan hero, Hector - Homer generated the 24 books of The Illiad. What the oral technique does not automatically provide, however, is the genius of the poem which is rendered here in E.V. Rieu's translation, which has been revised for this edition by his son, D.C.H. Rieu and Peter Jones. Homer has created a timeless, dramatic tragedy. His characters are heroic but their passions and problems are human and universal, and he presents them with compassion, understanding and humour against the harsh background of the war and the quarrels of the gods.

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