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The Iliad
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"An accessible Iliad for twenty-first-century readers"A classic of Western literature for three millennia, Homer's "Iliad" captivates modern readers--as it did ancient listeners--with its tale of gods and warriors at the siege of Troy. Now Herbert Jordan's line-for-line translation brilliantly renders the original Greek into English blank verse--the poetic form most closely resembling our spoken language.Raising the bar set by Richmond Lattimore in 1951, Jordan employs a pleasing five-beat meter and avoids unnecessary filler. Whereas other verse renditions are longer than the original, owing to the translators' indulgence in personal poetics, Jordan avoids "line inflation." The result, an economical translation, captures the force and vigor of the original poem.E. Christian Kopff's introduction to this volume sets the stage and credits Jordan with conveying the action and movement of the "Iliad" in "contemporary language and a supple verse." This new "Iliad" offers twenty-first-century readers the thrill of a timeless epic and affords instructors a much-needed alternative for literature surveys.
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With the publication of Robert Fagels's impressive translation of the Odyssey (Viking Penguin, 1996, pap.) and now this equally impressive translation of the Iliad by Lombardo, this year seems to blazon something of a Homeric renaissance. Lombardo concedes from the start that "Homer's musicality cannot be heard in any kind of English," and so he does not compose his Iliad in hexameters or, for that matter, in any standard, regular meter. Instead, based on his experience as an oral performer of Homer's poetry, he writes the lines "based on the cadences of natural speech." The result is a Homer that "is brought to life" for the modern reader with no loss of original integrity‘the achievement of a scholar, translator, and performer. Accessible and readable as Lombardo's translation is, it is rendered even more so by the superb, comprehensive introduction by Sheila Murnaghan, which provides a rich but lucid discussion of the classical context of the epic. A helpful appendix provides thumbnail sketches of the major characters, a catalog of combat deaths, and an "Index of Speeches." This handsome, superbly done Iliad will be read and enjoyed by everyone. Highly recommended for all libraries.‘Thomas F. Merrill, formerly with Univ. of Delaware

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