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Review Þ Ιλιάς Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï The Greeks considered The Iliad their greatest literary achievement and no epic poem in any language has ever rivaled it Out of a single episode in the Tale of Troy Achilles' withdrawal from the fighting and his return to kill the Trojan hero HeHero Hector Homer 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 humor against the harsh background of warEV R. 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

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The Greeks considered The Iliad their greatest literary achievement and no epic poem in any language has ever rivaled it Out of a single episode in the Tale of Troy Achilles' withdrawal from the fighting and his return to kill the Trojan. What I learned from this book in no particular order1 Victory or defeat in ancient Greek wars is primarily the result of marital spats andor petty sibling rivalry in Zeus and Hera’s dysfunctional divine household2 Zeus “the father of gods and men” is a henpecked husband who is also partial to domestic abuse3 If you take a pretty girl who is the daughter of a priest of Apollo as war booty and refuse to have her ransomed Apollo will rain plague on your troops And he won’t be appeased until you return the girl and throw him a ginormous BB party involving hundreds of cattle at his temple4 If an arrow or a spear were thrown at you in battle often than not it would land on your nipple or thereabout Or alternatively it would pierce your helmet and splatter your brain5 Paris is a proper guy’s name not just a name for capital cities or bratty heiresses6 Brad Pitt in man skirt Achilles is the badassest warrior there ever was7 Real men eat red meat specifically a sheep chines; b fat goats; and c the long back cuts of a full grown pig marbled with lard8 The most valuable booty are in no particular order a bronze tripods each worth 12 oxens and armors; b swift war stallions; and c pretty women each worth 4 oxens if also skilled in crafts Lesbians are particularly prized 9 There is nothing glorious for a warrior than to sack enemy cities plunder their wealth kill all their men bed their pretty women and enslave their children 10 The only men who matter are warriors but if you are a woman the range of roles that you could play is rather diverse You could bea a runaway wife who sparks a cosmic battle between your thuggish hubby’s city state and your cowardly boyfriend’s 1;b a war booty with a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome 2;c a manipulative uber bitch who also happens to be a goddess 3;d a long suffering wife and mother 41 Helen 2 Briseis 3 Hera 4 AndromacheBut whatever role you choose to play you will still be the bone of contention between men and the armies that they lead All the major conflicts in the story are triggered by women or specifically by their sexuality Helen’s elopement with Paris launched a thousand Argive ships against Troy; Agamemnon’s desire to bed Briseis Achilles’ lawful prize caused a nearly unhealable rift between them; and Hector’s desire to protect his wife from the dismal fate of being an Argive sex slave inspired him to fight Achilles to the death Homer’s mortal women might be meek and mild but his goddesses can kick ass with the best of them and even occasionally best their male counterparts Zeus is not above being manipulated by Hera and Ares the God of War actually got whacked on the head by Athena Troy Brad Pitt Eric Bana Warner Bros 2004What I find most surprising about the Iliad is the amount of graphic X rated violence that it contains The violence is not the biblical slaying and smiting but something much voyeuristically gory“the one Peneleos lanced beneath the brows down to the eyes' roots and scooped an eyeball out the spear cut clean through the socket out behind the nape and backward down he sat both hands stretched wide as Peneleos uickly drawing his whetted sword hacked him suare in the neck and lopped his head and down on the ground it tumbled helmet and all But the big spear's point still stuck in the eye socketI imagine that this kind of anatomically precise brain splattering gut spilling action scenes made the Iliad popular with the Romans who routinely went to the Colosseum to watch gladiators hack each other to death but there is only so much of it that I could take in one sitting which is why it took me almost three months to finish it It is not that I’m particularly sensitive to fictional death and dismemberment and after all this book is a war book but the sheer amount of such scenes as well as their mind numbing repetitiveness made for tedious reading It doesn’t help that many of these deaths happened to seemingly throwaway characters barely introduced in three or four lines merely to be summarily and gorily dispatched in another half a dozen lines on the same page The Iliad is assumed to be the written version of a much older oral poem and such characters might represent collective memories of real Bronze Age warriors but by Zeus hundreds of pages of them being hacked cleaved and skewered to death almost did me inNow what is the purpose of such meticulously catalogued carnage Was Homer trying to present War with all its attendant horrors to shock his audience into pacifism Or was the old guy just trying to write an 8th century BCE euivalent of a blockbuster action adventure movie with enough gore to satisfy his young male demographic The Iliad both celebrates and laments the warrior spirit the haughty pride and terrible thirst for vengeance and plunder that set men to distant shores intent on razing cities and putting its inhabitants to slaughter but also the stark tragic conseuences of such acts I actually find the gods’ politicking and manipulations interesting than the actual war The Greek gods are blissfully free of any human notion of morality which makes the problem of theodicy much simpler to solve than in the Judeo Christian model The Olympian gods do not move in mysterious ways they are moved by caprice and petty grievances Why did we suffer such an ignominious defeat despite all that we had done to win Zeus’ favor Well it happened that just before the battle was about to begin Hera seduced him and subseuently put him to sleep with the help of Hypnos whom she bribed with one of the Graces A perfectly logical and very human explanationThe story gets much interesting in the last five books The Olympian gods entered into the fray and the effect is sometimes like watching WWE SmackDown “Bloody Ares lunged at it now with giant lance and Athena backed away her powerful hand heftinga boulder off the plain black jagged a ton weightthat men in the old days planted there to make off plowland Pallas hurled that boundary stone at Ares struck his neckloosed his limbs and down he crashed and out over seven acressprawled the enormous god and his mane dragged in the dust”Or maybe an episode of Super Friends “How do you have the gall you shameless bitchto stand and fight me here But since you’d like a lesson in warfare Artemisjust to learn to savor how much stronger I amwhen you engage my power “The gods are “deathless” so you know that there won’t be any lasting harm from their catfight but the cost of battle to all too mortal men is heavy indeed This was a time when war was as elemental as they come no mercy was shown to the enemy on the battlefield save one that pertained to a warrior’s honor which was to be buried with full honors by his family and comrades When mighty “stallion breaking” Hector finally succumbed to Achilles in a strangely anticlimactic duel his father Priam went to Achilles’ camp and“kneeling down beside Achilles clasped his kneesand kissed his hands those terrible man killing handsthat had slaughtered Priam’s many sons in battle”Troy’s old king begged for his son’s body and in the magnificent poignant last book Homer showed us the real cost of war both on the vanuished and the triumphant By the will of the gods Achilles’ death would soon follow his destiny was ultimately no different from the rest of tragic humanity fated to suffer and die by callous immoral gods for causes that were entirely beyond their ken“So the immortals spun our lives that we we wretched menlive on to bear such torments “

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ΙλιάςIeu's prose translation has the same direct simplicity and subtle elegance which distinguishes his Odyssey; it moves swiftly and confidently through the greater complexity of The Iliad and never fall short of the nobility of Homer's them. I’m often kept up at night brooding on my troubles wishing I could find some solace that would help me sleep But now I know that the best way to keep insomnia at bay is to get out of bed hitch up my chariot tie the corpse of my mortal enemy to the back and drive around for a few hours dragging him until I cheer up and can go back to sleep The Iliad is unmatched in my reading for works that describe the bloody ridiculous selfish lengths people will go in order to feel better The sticks and stones fly and gouge out eyes smash skulls slash livers and veins until the blood sprays–this poem is definitely not for the sueamish but the real weapons of the Trojan War are name calling cheating at games and stealing your best buddy’s girlfriend or mixing bowl or ox Most of the action occurs when somebody gets his feelings hurt the baddie won’t apologize and the sensitive one throws a fit which can involve letting all of his friends die while he gets an olive oil massage or else razing a city raping the women and joyriding over other men’s bones The Iliad suggests that even at its most glorious war can be advocated only by people with the emotional lives of spoiled four year oldsFor thoughts see my post