Dating to the ninth century BC, Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”
Abridged, but worthwhile
I do not like abridged versions of anything, and I do find it odd that the creators of this audiobook chose to only record some of the text. However, I have the print version of Fagles' translation of The Iliad (which is excellent), and just wanted to hear it aloud as well. Having read a bit of the book, I have listened to that same part, and found it added quite a bit to my experience. The speaker is very animated, using different tones for the different characters, and obviously spent quite a bit of time getting it all right. All in all, I find it well done.
This is a joke
I bought this to help me follow along with the book and help to pronounce the names of characters. However because this is abridged it jumps around and doesn't go through the whole chapter! What's the point then??? I would not buy this
An abridged version of the Iliad. Need I say more? This is Homer's eternal classic butchered and shortened. Don't buy it.