The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander
- Publish Date: 2016-09-13
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Homer;Caroline Alexander
With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homers timeless epic of the Trojan War
Composed around 730 B.C., Homers Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war.
Soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished, hero and coward, men, women, young, oldThe Iliad evokes in poignant, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War. And, as told by Homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages.
Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexanders new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its sourcea translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power.