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The Iliad

The Iliad by Homer
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The Iliad, together with the Odyssey, is one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The poem is commonly dated to the 8th or 7th century BC, and many scholars believe it is the oldest extant work of literature in the Greek language, making it the first work of European literature. The existence of a single author for the poems is disputed as the poems themselves show evidence of a long oral tradition and hence, multiple authors. The poem concerns events during the tenth and final year in the siege of the city of Iliun, or Troy, by the Greeks.

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THE ILIAD OF HOMER

Rendered into English Prose for the use of those who cannot read the original

by

Samuel Butler

BOOK I

The quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles Achilles withdraws from the war, and sends his mother Thetis to ask Jove to help the Trojans Scene between Jove and Juno on Olympus.

Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.

And which of the gods was it that set them on to quarrel? It was the son of Jove and Leto; for he was angry with the king and sent a pestilence upon the host to plague the people, because the son of Atreus had dishonoured Chryses his priest. Now Chryses had come to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and had brought with him a great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo wreathed with a suppliant's wreath, and he besought the Achaeans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus, who were their chiefs... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 14, 2014
Subject: Iliad
The reader does a fine job reading the book. He speaks clearly and with vigor. I did not enjoy this reading as the version of the Iliad read was very brief, brief even as to leave out important parts of the story.

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