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Iliad

«“Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.” –Atlantic Monthly

“Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before…This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time.”–Library Journal

“[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” –The Yale Review

“What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald’s.” –National Review

With an Introduction by Gregory Nagy»

'The first great book, and the first great book about the suffering and loss of war' Guardian

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, who refuses to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - knowing this will ensure his own early death. E. V. Rieu's acclaimed translation of The Iliad was one of the first titles published in Penguin Classics, and now has classic status itself.

Originally translated by E. V. RIEU
Revised and updated by PETER JONES with D. C. H. RIEU
Edited with an Introduction and notes by PETER JONES

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'The first great book, and the first great book about the suffering and loss of war' Guardian

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, who refuses to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - knowing this will ensure his own early death. E. V. Rieu's acclaimed translation of The Iliad was one of the first titles published in Penguin Classics, and now has classic status itself.

Originally translated by E. V. RIEU
Revised and updated by PETER JONES with D. C. H. RIEU
Edited with an Introduction and notes by PETER JONES

Detaljer

Forlag
Penguin Classics
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
560
ISBN
9780140447941
Utgivelsesår
2003
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Homer is thought to have lived c.750-700 BC in Ionia and is believed to be the author of the earliest works of Western Literature: The Odyssey and The Iliad. E V Rieu was a celebrated translator from Latin and Greek, and editor of Penguin Classics from 1944-64. His son, D C H Rieu, has revised his work. Peter Jones is former lecturer in Classics at Newcastle. He co-founded the 'Friends of Classics' society and is the editor of their journal and a columnist for The Spectator.

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«“Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.” –Atlantic Monthly

“Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before…This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time.”–Library Journal

“[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” –The Yale Review

“What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald’s.” –National Review

With an Introduction by Gregory Nagy»

Medlemmers vurdering

D
Demokrit – 17.11.2006

– Homers Iliaden er historien om verdens mest dramatiske trekantdrama. Da den Trojanske helten Paris stjeler Helena fra kong Agamemnon blir det bråk. Det er duket for tidenes mest dramatiske krig, som varer i intet mindre enn 10 år. Her møter vi skikkelser som Odyssevs og Akilles, samt de greske gudene. Dette verket er med andre ord en sentral del av den Europeiske kulturarven. Og den er ikke dum å lese heller. Her finnes det messer av action, men store slag, guddommelig intervensjon og spennende tomannskamper. Her legges grunnlaget for alle senere actionfilmer! Språket kan av og til oppleves som knotete og tungvint, og det er et sabla styr å holde orden på alle de greske navnene. Men selve historien og beskrivelsene av krigens helter og grusomheter gjør denne boken verdt og lese, samtidlig som det gjør deg til et mer 'kulturelt menneske'.

D
Demokrit – 17.11.2006

– Disse 24 'sangene' utgjør det vi kjenner som Homers Iliaden. Hvem denne Homer er strides de lærde om, men jeg har i alle fall som de fleste andre lært å se han for meg som en blind gammel mann. Han skal ha ført denne episke fortellingen i bok, og her er episk brukt i sin rette forstand. Boken handler om krigen mellom grekerne og Troja, som bunner ut i et trekantdrama. Det er nok av action, og det er nok av rørende psykologiske skildringer. At dette ble skrevet for så lenge siden slutter aldri å forbløffe meg. Rammehistorien er drevet frem av hevn og hat, og boken er i det hele tatt gjennomgående intens. I tillegg blander de greske gudene seg inn, og den guddommelige dimensjonen gir assosiasjoner til fantasyromaner. Anbefales om man har lyst på en spennende utfordring. For en liten utfordring er det å lese på versemål, og ikke minst å holde styr på alle navnene.

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