Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
It’s written in dense 16th century English and its so hard to read. I was forced to read it for my English class but I do not suggest this.15
I think that the book was great as I am in seventh grade the book was also fairly challenging but interesting and the ancient Greeks were in my perspective to centered on the ideology that there are many gods if "they" had based religion on a simpler base as monotheism then the Greeks in my opinion would have prospered much longer than they did over all I think that the book was very changing to any that would like to read it however be prepared to think55
My memory of the first translation is a little dim from many years back so I didn't expect to enjoy this version quite as much as I have. It ranks as one of my favorites due to the classic narrative of what must be a master of tale telling. I can only imagine what it must have been like to sit for the epic, magnificent oral readings that this originated from.55
Why are the Roman and Greeks gods both used in this book?15
The translation of the book is amazing, this is one of Homer's greatest novels. The book takes place during the ten-year long siege of Troy by Greek coalition cities, it also tells the battles and events during the final weeks of the siege. The book although staged during the final weeks mentions the other events during the siege. I enjoyed the novel because it gives a great perspective of the Trojan War that makes the war seem real. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Homer's works and Greek mythology.55
Legendary classic that's been around longer than the bible and still has a more enticing storyline.55