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Publisher Description

The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful, and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century BC, and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

As you listen to this great work, you feel yourself to be in the presence of a grandeur that suffuses the very air. There is no question that the poet, whether his name was Homer or not, was one of the supreme artists of all time and all civilizations. But this wonderful piece of poetry is not merely a catalog of events of the Trojan War. Specifically, the poem deals with the bitter dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, and how the Greeks were almost destroyed by their hubris. Hovering about, the Olympian gods watch the unfolding events with keen interest, sometimes lending help and encouragement on one hand, or spreading fear and hatred on the other.

The Iliad is ultimately about the free will of man and his ability or failure to make rational choices in the face of conflict and chaos. Unlike the gods, men must face death, which gives their decisions a spiritual meaning which is absent on Olympus. The great legacy of The Iliad is its shattering revelation of what it means to be human in the face of life's uncertainty and fleeting mortality.

Drama & Poetry
Charlton Griffin
hr min
January 15
Audio Connoisseur

Customer Reviews

SuperUser2012 ,

Peice of CRAP

The Apple book store would not download the first 23 (part 1 of 3) chapters of the audiobook. I lost money, don't you take a chance. Apple "Help" should read Apple NOhelp!

NJFalletta ,

missing books 8-11 !!!

There is a major technical problem--books 8-11 are missing! Book 7 ends and next plays book 12.

Allen Caeden ,

This translation is quite bad and is too expensive.

This is the first time I ever had a problem with a Greco-Roman Classic work narrated by Charlton Griffin. However, this translation is very hard to follow, it is poorly recorded, and the introduction to the book is very factually inaccurate. Also, the price is completely unreasonable being at $40.00. My advice to you is to get the combined Iliad & the Odyssey narrated by John Lescault which is sold as one item at about $10.00 thus you will have both books that are far better translations than the Iliad & Odyssey narrated by Charlton Griffin which when combined together cost more than $80.00! Do not make the same mistake I did.

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