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The great war epic of Western literature, translated by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”
This Penguin Classics Deluxe edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
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confers the right to authoritative speech—which is to say, to judgment. An ideal relation between the natural and political orders is maintained by the single, balanced staff: The tempering of nature by human skill—and in the service of human ends—becomes the means of political judgment. A foundation for that judgment is preserved through an origin in nature, even as nature is shaped by human craft, becoming itself a work of craft. This idealized concord between nature and culture—a human
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making them fast To the chariot’s handrail. Then put all you’ve got in a dash For Aeneas’s horses and drive them away from the Trojans And into the host of well-greaved Achaeans. For they Are descended from those very horses that far-seeing Zeus Gave Tros by way of repayment for carrying off His dear son Ganymede, since of all horses on whom The dawn broke and the bright sun shone, they were the best. Later when King Laomedon owned the breed, His royal kinsman Anchises stole a strain By
through his chest. He pitched from the car, and on him his armor rang. Behind Diomedes came Atreus’ sons, Agamemnon And Menelaus, and both Ajaxes, furious valor Incarnate, Idomeneus next and Idomeneus’ comrade Meriones, peer of the slaughtering god of battles, And after these Eurypylus, splendid son Of Euaemon, and Teucer came ninth, stringing his supple Bent bow, and took his position behind the huge shield Of Ajax, son of Telamon. And Ajax would move His shield to one side while
Doesn’t become you. Even the gods can yield,8 And theirs is surely superior majesty, honor, And power. Yet they are appeased by offerings burned On their altars, by humble prayers, reverent libations, And the savory smoke that goes up to them when some Poor supplicant sinner has foolishly broken their laws. For Prayers are the daughters of almighty Zeus, and they always Come limping along behind Sin, sad creatures with wrinkled Skin and downcast eyes. Sin, however, Is lusty and swift,