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Read & Download Ιλιάς ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Tolstoy called the Iliad a miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment Homer’s story is thrilling and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written But until now even the best English translations haven’At were added after the Iliad was first written down to the detriment of the music and the story Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper leaner text In addition Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation Now thanks to Stephen Mitchell’s scholarship and the power of his language the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving vivid new lif. 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 humanistic studiesi will never forget my teacher at Liceo Classico kind of Classical studies high school that gifted us with brilliant lessons about Dante BoccaccioPetrarca Manzoni Omero and Virgilio and so on and then with our teacher for latin and ancient greek we studied tragedies and other masterpieces translating them to italianThe programm was so difficult that an american teacher's we met during an exchange programm told us that what we were doing was used to be studied during the 3th year of College for classic studies in the US Now at 43 years old i can only say how lucky i have been to met such persons teachers that loved their studies and their jobs forgive me despite my husband is american and my kids are biligual i continue to be a mess in written english

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Tolstoy called the Iliad a miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment Homer’s story is thrilling and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written But until now even the best English translations haven’t been able to re create the energy and simplicity the speed grace and pulsing rhythm of the original In Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad the epic story resounds again across 2700 year. 3½ starsTwo 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 sexuality developed Pretty much everything bad that happens is caused by Helen of Troy slut that I am running off with Paris and Hera seducing Zeus The ancients must have read this and been like please girls just don'tAlso It seems I may have been too harsh with Sarah J Maas and her mist rising earth shaking sex scenes Clearly she was channeling Homer “The son of Cronus spoke and took his wife in his arms; and the divine earth sent up spring flowers beneath them dewy clover and crocuses and a soft and crowded bed of hyacinths to lift them off the ground In this they lay covered by a beautiful golden cloud from which a rain of glistening dewdrops fell” It's taken me so long to read this because every time I tried to start I kept comparing it to The Odyssey which I like much Odysseus's journey and encounters with creatures such as cannibal giants are very entertaining And when it comes down to it I can only enjoy so many war scenes Seeing as The Iliad is all about the Trojan War there are a lot of war scenesBUT it is saved by the Greek gods What a ridiculous bickering soap opera the Greek pantheon is I genuinely burst out laughing multiple times I like the Greek gods because they are so flawed and jealous and vindictive and um human Hera especially is a piece of work I love her Sometimes you have to wonder what was going through the heads of Ancient Greeks when this is how they imagined their gods From Hera calling Artemis a shameless bitch like something out of Mean Girls to all the gods supporting their favourite team Greek or Trojan in the war like it's a damn football match The Iliad gets better in the last eight books It is of a struggle in the beginning mainly books 4 13 because there are some pages that blend together in a stream of similar sounding Greek and Trojan men stabbing each other with spears Often in the nipple or buttocks too which seems peculiarI'll stop being silly though It is a remarkable if admittedly sexist work It's strange to think how themes and values that were important 3000 years ago are still important today I don't know if Homerian spoilers are a thing but I'll just say that the one death the death of the story can still be felt so very deeply all these years after its writing The only thing tragic than losing the one you love most is knowing you could have prevented itI was disappointed my library didn’t have the Caroline Alexander translation which is the first English translation by a woman but Rieu’s Translation was fantastic Very smooth reading unlike another recent read of mine The Epic of Gilgamesh I'm glad I finally read itBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

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ΙλιάςS as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus Hector and Priam flows in every word And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful Mitchell’s Iliad is the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L West whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages th. 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 the text being very stiff and formal it did not hold my attention at all because i couldnt understand it but as i have come to love this story over the years through retellings and other media i decided to give this another try after a lot of research i chose this edition and translation and i cannot stress enough how it has made all the difference the epic of ‘the iliad’ has its roots in oral storytelling and i am so impressed at how the flow of the language in this feels like someone is sitting next to me personally telling me a tale about the best of greeks and their plight against the trojans its a really neat feeling to experience such an authentic nod to homer and how he told this story almost to the point where i feel as if i have been a part of this epics great history ↠ 5 stars