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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One the earliest and greatest epic poems of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of fifty critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word. While the heroes fight before the walls of Troy the gods have also drawn up battle lines, and it is their disagreements as much as the heroes' efforts which will decide the conflict.

Despite the poem's antiquity, the very real, human qualities of the protagonists and their dilemmas make The Iliad immediately accessible, especially in the hands of a master story-teller such as Anton Lesser. The Iliad was composed in the eighth century B.C., almost certainly as an oral composition incorporating a number of different stories from a rich poetic tradition of works now lost to us. The identity of Homer has been fiercely but inconclusively debated since ancient times. The Greeks believed he was a single person, and various cities competed for the honour of naming him a citizen. However, nothing reliable is known about him, although some traditions insist that he was blind. The poem was originally designed for recitation on important occasions by a professional bard, at least until the sixth century B.C. when, according to Greek traditions, the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus had the poem written down and codified in a form similar to the work we know today.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Ratzlaff | 2/12/2014

    " Bogs itself down with the combat halfway through, but it's a classic tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by William Axtell | 2/8/2014

    " I feel even worse about this than The Odyssey but really I found this so unspeakably boring! I couldn't finish the thing but I did later read most of the end for study purposes. The language really did not work for me and somehow I didn't relate to any of the characters, no matter how awful their predicaments. Also, the amout of repetition, listings and interruptions in the narrative in order to go off at inappropriate and boring tangents made the whole experience worse for me. In the end I just didn't care for it but it is Homer and there is worse due to the historical interest and so I am giving it two stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denorris | 2/6/2014

    " Good book based off the time, glad I was able to get it now that im older and understand more of what it was as opposed to when I was younger. Never realized how much of it was due to ignorance and intolerance. Hector is kind of useless in the book, he gets so much publicity but never actually wins a fight. It was good and worth the time. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks they know the story from a younger point in their life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan Ayala | 1/26/2014

    " Really entertaining but also can get a little boring and confusing. All the Greek names in this book are difficult to pronounce. This book is for the more experienced readers. i highly recommend this book to anyone. Tells a great hero story and a downfall of a great city. "

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