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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.

A stunning Penguin clothbound edition of Homer's great epic, in E. V. Rieu's classic translation.
The Iliad is the first and the greatest literary achievement of Greek civilization - an epic poem without rival in the literature of the world, and the cornerstone of Western culture. The story centres on the critical events in the last year of the Trojan War, which lead to Achilleus' killing of Hektor and determine the fate of Troy. But Homer's theme is not simply war or heroism. 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..
Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey are attributed. The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived.

E. V. Rieu initiated Penguin Classics with Allen Lane and his famous translation of the Odyssey was the first book published in the series in 1947. The Iliad followed in 1950.

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  • Hardback

    9780141394657

    January 2, 2015

    Penguin Classics

    560 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140447941

    March 6, 2003

    Penguin Classics

    560 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140445923

    May 3, 2002

    Penguin Classics

    704 pages

    RRP $21.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140275360

    April 29, 1999

    Penguin Classics

    704 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9781857150605

    April 24, 1992

    Everyman

    594 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140444445

    December 1, 1987

    Penguin Classics

    528 pages

    RRP $16.99

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