The nice conflict epic of Western literature, translated by way of acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
courting to the 9th century B.C., Homer’s undying poem nonetheless vividly conveys the horror and heroism of guys and gods wrestling with towering feelings and fighting amidst devastation and destruction, because it strikes inexorably to the wrenching, tragic end of the Trojan conflict. well known classicist Bernard Knox observes in his wonderful advent that even supposing the violence of the Iliad is grim and constant, it coexists with either pictures of civilized lifestyles and a poignant longing for peace.
Combining the talents of a poet and pupil, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the yankee Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the strength of latest language to this enduring heroic epic. He continues the force and metric tune of Homer’s poetry, and inspires the effect and nuance of the Iliad’s enthralling repeated words in what Peter Levi calls “an miraculous performance.”
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