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  • Published: 29 April 1999
  • ISBN: 9780140275360
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $36.00

The Iliad




With compassion and humanity, he presents a universal and tragic view of the world, of human life lived under the shadow of suffering and death, set against a vast and largely unpitying divine background.

One of the greatest epics in Western literature, THE ILIAD recounts the story of the Trojan wars. This timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves to its tragic conclusion. In his introduction, Bernard Knox observes that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it co-exists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.

  • Pub date: 29 April 1999
  • ISBN: 9780140275360
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $36.00

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Homer Homer

Homer is a much-debated figure traditionally considered to have composed the two great oral poems The Odyssey and The Iliad in eighth or seventh-century-BC Greece


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