By Richmond Lattimore, Homer
"Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus / and its devastation." For sixty years, that is how Homer has started the Iliad in English, in Richmond Lattimore's devoted translation—the optimal for generations of scholars and basic readers.
This long-awaited new version of Lattimore's Iliad is designed to carry the e-book into the twenty-first century—while leaving the poem as firmly rooted in old Greece as ever. Lattimore's stylish, fluent verses—with their memorably phrased heroic epithets and noteworthy constancy to the Greek—remain unchanged, yet classicist Richard Martin has further a wealth of supplementary fabrics designed to help new generations of readers. a brand new advent units the poem within the wider context of Greek existence, war, society, and poetry, whereas line-by-line notes in the back of the quantity supply causes of unusual phrases, information regarding the Greek gods and heroes, and literary appreciation. A word list and maps around out the book.
The result's a quantity that actively invitations readers into Homer's poem, assisting them to appreciate absolutely the worlds during which he and his heroes lived—and therefore allowing them to wonder, as such a lot of have for hundreds of years, at Hektor and Ajax, Paris and Helen, and the devastating rage of Achilleus.