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A new modern reprint of a 1950 classic by Homer.

30 review for The Illiad (Classics Illustrated)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deshaun

    The Iliad is an ancient Greek classic about the war between Greek city states and the city of Troy. The story begins with myths of the Greek gods starting the war over a golden apple. Three Goddesses all want the apple and they decide to let a mortal named Hector decide who gets the apple. Aphrodite promises him Helen of Troy if he picks her and he agrees. Helen was a princess of a different kingdom though and when she disappeared to troy it sparked the start of the Trojan war. The war introduce The Iliad is an ancient Greek classic about the war between Greek city states and the city of Troy. The story begins with myths of the Greek gods starting the war over a golden apple. Three Goddesses all want the apple and they decide to let a mortal named Hector decide who gets the apple. Aphrodite promises him Helen of Troy if he picks her and he agrees. Helen was a princess of a different kingdom though and when she disappeared to troy it sparked the start of the Trojan war. The war introduced many characters including Odysseus, Agamemnon, Achilles, Paris and a lot of other soldiers and gods. The war ends with the Trojan defeat after the Greeks famously come up with the idea to feign retreat and leave a giant wooden horse, secretly filled with Greek soldiers as an offering. Once the horse was inside the city the soldiers opened the gates and destroyed Troy. I enjoyed this classic because it was mainly just a series a different fights as each side tried to defeat each other. I enjoyed how the book incorporated the myths of Greek gods into this tale about a real war. It blended the culture of ancient Greece with the history of the area. Achilles and Odysseus were my favorite characters because the Iliad is set up as prequel for Odysseus' main story, the Odyssey. I enjoyed Achilles because he was set up as this divine fighter that could win the war for the Greeks but was brought down human emotions such as grief and hate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Amazing book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ant

    I was really impressed by the story telling and overall quality of this. I was quite surprised by the gore in the detail of war (although I'm not sure why that would surprise me).I enjoyed the book and learned a little from looking up some of the things that seemed strange to me, for example, the early use of epithets as a writing device. I also found it an interesting from an anthropoligical point of view - the nature of war, pride and bereavement are all studied quite closely. I'm very much loo I was really impressed by the story telling and overall quality of this. I was quite surprised by the gore in the detail of war (although I'm not sure why that would surprise me).I enjoyed the book and learned a little from looking up some of the things that seemed strange to me, for example, the early use of epithets as a writing device. I also found it an interesting from an anthropoligical point of view - the nature of war, pride and bereavement are all studied quite closely. I'm very much looking forward to The Odyssey which I'll be reading shortly. The Illiad only gets 3 stars due to the amount of the story taken up by bit part players to little end other than to record the dead, which is less releavant today than it would have been at the time of writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shehroze Ameen

    "Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing! That wrath which hurl'd to Pluto's gloomy reign The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain; Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore, Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.41 Since great Achilles and Atrides strove, Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove" This is the beginning of the English translation as done by Alexander Pope. However, the version I read was the translation by Samuel Butler from "Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing! That wrath which hurl'd to Pluto's gloomy reign The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain; Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore, Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.41 Since great Achilles and Atrides strove, Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove" This is the beginning of the English translation as done by Alexander Pope. However, the version I read was the translation by Samuel Butler from around... 1898 I believe. Regardless of which version is read, The Iliad is the most important book from the West - the equivalent of the Bible, at least as far as Greek society is concerned. And even when all else is considered - the mythology, the epic of the Trojan War, the lead up to the events which brought about its occurrence, it is an important book. The machinations of Agamemnon, vile and vulgar and war-mongering. His entourage, alongside the disillusioned Achilles, later to become the vengeful Achilles, the book is very relevant to those readers who have experienced trauma, or lived through the hell-on-earth brought about by war - the societal decay, the hypocrisy of those who are able to afford shelter, the business of killing which leaves men deprived of any sense of worth or well being. It is a true embodiment of the psychological decay, which is brought about as a result of being stuck in a state of perpetual fear, and terror, for a duration that is greater than a year. This is a must read, especially after one has finished some of the classics. Right up there with War and Peace (although much more vast in scope), followed up with the many many sad tales we find ourselves bearing witness to when reading the actual tales of the First and Second World War, and the modern conflicts that have led Syria to ruin, and destroyed the culture and society of so many countries (Burma, Pakistan, Somalia, Kashmir, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, South Africa, Venezuela). It is an important work, and must be read in order to appreciate not just the tropes, but the trends, which are ubiquitous in our world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    The Iliad Weird. It’s like the gods help out the armies like a little bit...and only for a minute. Like they’re sitting in front of the tv flipping channels. Yeah yeah, ok, I’ll help out my kid. For a minute. Then ‘oh aliens built the pyramids? No way! And all the gods are helping battle, but shouldn’t the god of war Ares be the main force here? I could see Poseidon when there was fighting on the ships So many horrible tactics from a modern warfare standpoint. People, even gods stripping armor in the The Iliad Weird. It’s like the gods help out the armies like a little bit...and only for a minute. Like they’re sitting in front of the tv flipping channels. Yeah yeah, ok, I’ll help out my kid. For a minute. Then ‘oh aliens built the pyramids? No way! And all the gods are helping battle, but shouldn’t the god of war Ares be the main force here? I could see Poseidon when there was fighting on the ships So many horrible tactics from a modern warfare standpoint. People, even gods stripping armor in the heat of battle as trophies before the battle is won? That’s insane! Wonder what Seal Team 6 would say about how this was all conducted. They all take rape so casually, colloquially, Achillies “waaaa” I wanted to rape her, but you took her and are going to be the one to rape her first instead of me! Waaaa And all so fucked, the acheons:daneyons are the fucking BAD guys, attacking someone’s home city with the sole hope of sacking, looting, raping. So much personal gain, personal honor, when they should be fighting as a team, not worried about petty avenging the death of one, defending dead bodies. Focus man. You can recover all the corpses when you beat the living ones! Leave a dumb little token if you want to claim a body. Was there no way to use more archers? Weaponize fire from a distance? A group of bowmen with flaming arrows should’ve caused havoc on a couple dozen wooden ships. How the fuck did they get horses on little wooden ships?! Surely they weren’t big ships 2500 years ago! Impossible to imagine fighting all day. Even the best boxers with modern diet and training can only go half an hour. Realistically, you’d need to be rotating men out like hockey shifts, feeding them carbs and water. Why isn’t anyone cramping up? Football players are always blowing knees out, Seems like too many people are dying too quickly, many many many of them wouldn’t actually die that quick. Then the ridiculous funeral of hector for 12 days instead of building fortifications?! Running away!? They’re going to rape your children!! Get the hell out of there!! What the hell!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moinak Biswas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Illiad, arguably written around 750 b.c, entails showcasing the complexity around man's and woman's relationship with deities, politics and favouritism among the Greek gods, the futility of man's life in the face of war. Being one of the Great classics the Illiad lives up to it's expectations showcasing a reflection of ancient Greek society and their possessiveness towards their gods and the material possessions. Sacrifices towards Gods through burning fat bull thighs in fire, offering libations Illiad, arguably written around 750 b.c, entails showcasing the complexity around man's and woman's relationship with deities, politics and favouritism among the Greek gods, the futility of man's life in the face of war. Being one of the Great classics the Illiad lives up to it's expectations showcasing a reflection of ancient Greek society and their possessiveness towards their gods and the material possessions. Sacrifices towards Gods through burning fat bull thighs in fire, offering libations to their favorite gods by offering wines and hundreds of cattle sacrifices fill the pages of this epic. What stnds out though is the constant struggle among humans on the battlefields and amongst Gods on Mount Ida. We are introduced to Zeus, the God amongst Gods, ruler of the sky, the earth shaker while him brother Poseidon rules over the oceans covering the surface of the earth. They have a third brother Hades, ruling over the underworld looking after the deceased (the gates of Hades one passes in the afterlife as mentioned in Illiad). Along with these three there are other Greek gods involved in the fate of men comprising of Apollo, Ares, Hera, Hermes and Thetis. Though Achilles remains absent in most part of the book but his presence is deftly provided since his fate is sealed along with that of Hector, the horse tamer of Illiam.

  7. 4 out of 5

    EMMANUEL

    I can't express how grateful for the insight that this book provided for me. I read the 1990’s edition of the Iliad , and this book literally was the foundation in which I will always rationalize life. I knew I had a very grounded perspective on how the conceptional view of reality was needed to be applied in, but this book provided "THE REALITY" of what life is and was life at the beginning of "TIME". As for the theme of the book, the content was definitely just as how the book's story is "War I can't express how grateful for the insight that this book provided for me. I read the 1990’s edition of the Iliad , and this book literally was the foundation in which I will always rationalize life. I knew I had a very grounded perspective on how the conceptional view of reality was needed to be applied in, but this book provided "THE REALITY" of what life is and was life at the beginning of "TIME". As for the theme of the book, the content was definitely just as how the book's story is "War and Death" by "Trudging through life in hopes of accomplishing home as the outcome destination". I never experienced such "Punch in the face" when I solidified the goal of all literature Ph.D professionals- "What was the life of the Greek's and Babylonian's? What's the significance of the Bible? Who is God? How does God exist? What is life? Are we really free? What is spiritually?" I for certain believe strongly that I had discovered the answer to the truth of the reality in which we live. It's so surprising how simple the concept is, that it's always in our existence, playing and influencing our every decision. Whether be psychological... To be continued.

  8. 4 out of 5

    MicahEPICGAYMER

    Although this wasn't the exact edition of the Illiad that I read (I was unable to find the exact copy) The Illiad overall was a very well made book. The specific version that I read was a direct translation version of the epic so it was sort of like reading Shakespheare. The Epic itself chronicles the events of the Trojan wars where a bunch of dfferent heroes got together and fought about a the wife of the king of sparta whoo was taken by the prince of troy so they fought a war and even the gods Although this wasn't the exact edition of the Illiad that I read (I was unable to find the exact copy) The Illiad overall was a very well made book. The specific version that I read was a direct translation version of the epic so it was sort of like reading Shakespheare. The Epic itself chronicles the events of the Trojan wars where a bunch of dfferent heroes got together and fought about a the wife of the king of sparta whoo was taken by the prince of troy so they fought a war and even the gods took sides. Overall the book had a lot of cool action scenes with a bunch of people getting impaled and disemboweled. After the events of the war the Illiad focuses on the character Odysseyus who just wanted to go home but many unfortunate events occur and he is stranded. I'd rate this a solid 9/10 would reccomend to anyone as I feel it is something everyone should read at least once.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Shelley

    The Iliad was definitely an interesting read as it got me out of my comfort zone. The older language made me constantly double check the words I read in the beginning, but after a few minutes of reading, it felt almost like normal reading. One of my favorite parts in the book was when Achilles gets angered when Hector(from Troy) kills his best friend. This sends Achilles into a rage that compels him to kill a lot of people. The river god tells him to stop the kill, so Achilles tries to take on t The Iliad was definitely an interesting read as it got me out of my comfort zone. The older language made me constantly double check the words I read in the beginning, but after a few minutes of reading, it felt almost like normal reading. One of my favorite parts in the book was when Achilles gets angered when Hector(from Troy) kills his best friend. This sends Achilles into a rage that compels him to kill a lot of people. The river god tells him to stop the kill, so Achilles tries to take on the river god with his sword. This, of course, does not end well. Despite the sometimes obscure language exciting stories like this are riddled throughout the book. I would give this book a 4/5 star rating because it was a little hard to get into. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes to take a challenging book and enjoys a good read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea O'Brien

    I love mythology and the Greeks hold a special place in my heart as my gateway drug. I read this in grade 12 English a long time ago. When it came up on my Kindle for free I thought, "Why not? It's been a while." First off props to my teenage self for reading it. Second off I totally forgot it ended before the fulfillment of the Achilles myth and the Trojan horse. The language could be tricky to decode since it's been translated but usually the cadence of the poem could guide you through. I relie I love mythology and the Greeks hold a special place in my heart as my gateway drug. I read this in grade 12 English a long time ago. When it came up on my Kindle for free I thought, "Why not? It's been a while." First off props to my teenage self for reading it. Second off I totally forgot it ended before the fulfillment of the Achilles myth and the Trojan horse. The language could be tricky to decode since it's been translated but usually the cadence of the poem could guide you through. I relied a lot on context to decode. A brief refresher was also needed on Greek myths when it came to the many names of the gods and heroes. Somehow the violence of the Iliad had faded from my memory but ... Wow. There was no shying away from the fact that this epic is set during a war. In the end I'm glad that I read it again. It was a slow read but I feel accomplished.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Books By Hala

    NA- I don’t rate Homer Recommendation: this ancient Greek epic poem tells stories set during the Trojan War. The ten-year siege of the city of Troy by Greek states and the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles (played by Brad Pitt in the movie troy). The Iliad inspired the writing of the Aeneid by Virgil (reviewed previously on my page) and also inspired Greek lives and mythologies for thousands of years after. This is a literary classic NA- I don’t rate Homer Recommendation: this ancient Greek epic poem tells stories set during the Trojan War. The ten-year siege of the city of Troy by Greek states and the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles (played by Brad Pitt in the movie troy). The Iliad inspired the writing of the Aeneid by Virgil (reviewed previously on my page) and also inspired Greek lives and mythologies for thousands of years after. This is a literary classic that any library or collector must own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Engin Iyidogan

    The way of representation of any story written by Homer is ahead of its time. However, The Illiad overuse prose poetry, especially for the ones who have limited knowledge of Homeric maps. I lost between 2 sections many times; so it was hard to follow the book. At the end of the day, I suggest you put the Homeric map aside or put a bookmark on the map section of the book before starting to read the Illiad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liam Crowley

    Although most classics are not much liked by the newer generations of readers, the epic tales of homer, in my opinion, give a very interesting view into culture at the time of ancient Greece, while also providing a very fun, interesting story to read. It is no wonder that these stories have survived for thousands of years.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Micheal Nottingham

    It was boring. The few moments where the book pulled away from the endless name dropping of long dead royalty, and focused on characters and actions were wonderful. I feel that an abridged version of this would be far more valuable to read. You would save save weeks of time, and only be cutting out nonsense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sawyer

    Booooring! Oh no there's a war and these gods keep fucking with the soldiers! Cool idea, very bad pacing. Too many names, and the folks die like immediately. I was hoping this would give some perspective to the oddesy, it did not.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Spandana

    The Trojan war is a well known story. This book elaborates how men and gods alike are entangled in a web of war and treachery. Homer has painted a gory picture of violence and death but it is an intriguing book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Big Boy

    Boring despite the constant battle

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephen M. Theriault

    Breathtakingly violent and cinematic in its scope and historic fiction.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise Ziegler

    Wonderful adventure!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denise Ziegler

    Most enjoyable!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roger Charles

    Great saga and illustration of another place and time

  22. 5 out of 5

    J.R. Handley

    I read this with my oldest son, who is comic obsessed. It was a fun way to expose him to the classics, glad my library had a copy!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    A classic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cora Crotteau

    I think that why I had rated it so low is because that when I read the Odyssey I had loved it and didn't want my feelings to waver.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eric Casey

    Fucking cool as fuck

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Slow but fascinating descriptions and saga, glad I finally went through it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    "Swift footed Achilles"

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kshitij Dawar

    I can not emphasize the sheer number of characters in the story. The gods are always messing with the armies and apparently normal soldiers aren't killing any generals.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lky

    Had to read in high school. I liked this book vs. the Odyssey. It's always "The Iliad and the Odyssey". I prefer the Iliad and no Odyssey. Thanks.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hex

    I know it's a history book but I was very entertained because on my gosh!! It's a soap opera. Only words to describe it

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