The Iliad

The Iliad

by Barry B. Powell (Translator), Homer

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The Iliad is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, for which Barry Powell, one of the twenty-first century's leading Homeric scholars, has given us a magnificent new translation. Graceful, lucid, and energetic, Powell's translation renders the Homeric Greek with a simplicity and dignity reminiscent of the original. The text immediately engrosses students with its tight and balanced rhythms, while the incantatory repetitions evoke a continuous "stream of sound" that offers as good an impression of Homer's Greek as one could hope to attain without learning the language.

Accessible, poetic, and accurate, Powell's translation is an excellent fit for today's students. With swift, transparent language that rings both ancient and modern, it exposes them to all of the rage, pleasure, pathos, and humor that are Homer's Iliad. Both the translation and the introduction are informed by the best recent scholarship.


* Uses well-modulated verse and accurate English that is contemporary but never without dignity

* Powell's introduction sets the poem in its philological, mythological, and historical contexts

* Features unique on-page notes, facilitating students' engagement with the poem

* Embedded illustrations accompanied by extensive captions provide Greek and Roman visual sources for key passages in each of the poem's twenty-four books

* Eight maps (the most of any available translation) provide geographic context for the poem's many place names

* Audio recordings (read by Powell) of fifteen important passages are available at and indicated in the text margin by an icon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199925865
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 743,272
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
About the Translator
Homeric Timeline
Book 1: The Rage of Achilles
Book 2: False Dream and the Catalog of Ships
Book 3: The Duel Between Menelaos and Paris
Book 4: Trojan Treachery, Bitter War
Book 5: The Glory of Diomedes
Book 6: Hector and Andromachê Say Goodbye
Book 7: The Duel Between Hector and Ajax
Book 8: Zeus Fulfills His Promise
Book 9: The Embassy to Achilles
Book 10: The Exploits of Dolon
Book 11: The Glory of Agamemnon and the Wounding of the Captains
Book 12: The Attack on the Wall
Book 13: The Battle at the Ships
Book 14: Zeus Deceived
Book 15: Counterattack
Book 16: The Glory of Patroklos
Book 17: The Fight over the Corpse of Patroklos
Book 18: The Shield of Achilles
Book 19: Agamemnon's Apology
Book 20: The Dual Between Achilles and Aeneas
Book 21: The Fight with the River and the Battle of the Gods
Book 22: The Killing of Hector
Book 23: The Funeral of Patroklos
Book 24: The Ransom of Hector
Pronouncing Glossary/Index

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The Iliad 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Snapped out of his sleep. ~What's wrong?~ he asked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um..... why does saphira have a rider crush (Johnson) when she already has a rider( zach)? Im really confused.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I wasn't active lately, but I will be one tonight! Sorry!))
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She struggled, then fainted.
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