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The Iliad

Author: Homer.; Rodney Merrill
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
With this translation of the Iliad, employing an English version of the powerful meter that gave life to HOmer's original, Rodney Merrill enables modern readers to experience, better than ever before, both great GIneruc epics as products of the long tradition of epic song.

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Genre/Form: Poetry
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2007
Online version:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2007
Named Person: Achilles, (Mythological character); Achilles, (Mythological character)
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Homer.; Rodney Merrill
ISBN: 9780472116171 0472116177 0472033980 9780472033980
OCLC Number: 131070053
Language Note: Translated from the Ancient Greek.
Description: viii, 464 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Singing the Iliad --
Bibliography --
Map --
Book 1 : Forced by Apollo's punishment to return Chryses' daughter, Agamemnon takes Achilles' prize-girl ; Achilles has his mother ask Zeus to favor the Trojans ; Hera finds out and quarrels with Zeus --
Book 2 : After telling a deceptive dream, Agamemnon orders withdrawal ; Odysseus halts it, then scourges Thersítes for abusing Agamemnon ; the lords rouse the army. Catalog of Achaians and Trojans --
Book 3 : Paris avoids Meneláos' response to his challenge, then agrees to fight ; from the wall Helen identifies the Achaian lords ; Priam goes and oaths are sworn ; Paris loses, but Aphrodítè takes him away --
Book 4 : The gods confirm Troy's ruin ; Athena makes Pándaros violate the oaths by wounding Meneláos, whom Macháon treats ; Agamemnon urges the lords ; roused by gods, the armies battle --
Book 5 : Athena grants Diomédes glory ; he kills Pándaros and wounds Aineías and Aphrodítè ; the Achaian and Trojan lords battle, joined by Athena, Hera, and Ares, whom Diomédes wounds --
Book 6 : Without any gods the battle continues ; Agamemnon kills Adréstos ; Diomédes and Glaukos talk and exchange armor ; in Troy Hektor encounters Hékabè, Helen, Paris, and Andrómachè --
Book 7 : Hektor challenges the Achaian lords ; Agamemnon restrains Meneláos, Ajax is chosen, the fight is halted ; Paris will not return Helen ; the dead are buried, the Achaians build defenses --
Book 8 : Zeus keeps the gods away ; the Achaians flee the Trojans' attack but defend the wall; Hera and Athena plan to aid them, but Zeus forbids it ; at night the Trojans build watchfires. Book 9 : Heeding Nestor's rebuke, Agamemnon offers gifts to Achilles if he will yield ; Odysseus, Ajax, and Phoinix bear the message and plead with him ; he relents --
he will stay but not fight --
Book 10 : At a night council the Achaians dispatch spies, Diomédes and Odysseus, who capture and kill the Trojan spy Dolon, then slaughter Rhesos and his Thracian troops and report back --
Book 11 : Agamemnon rampages and is wounded ; Paris and Sokos wound Diomédes, Odysseus, Macháon, and Eurýpylos ; Achilles sends Patróklos to question Nestor, who urges him to enter the battle --
Book 12 : Battle rages at the wall, which gods later will destroy ; the Trojans keep attacking, despite an omen ; Sarpédon speaks to Glaukos ; Ajax and Teukros fight, and Hektor breaks the gate --
Book 13 : Poseidon aids the Achaians ; leaders of both sides battle ; at the ships the Ajaxes hold off Hektor, who decides to retreat, but, emboldened by Paris, answers Ajax's jeers and leads on --
Book 14 : Poseidon encourages the Achaian lords to keep fighting ; Hera plots to make Zeus sleep, aiding Poseidon, who marshals the Achaians ; struck down, Hektor revives ; the Achaians prevail. Book 15 : Awakening, Zeus sends Iris to stop Poseidon and Apollo to aid the Trojans ; Hektor fights Ajax, then leads his army against the ships with fire ; Ajax, ranging the decks, repels them --
Book 16 : Yielding to Patróklos' plea, Achilles sends him out with the Mýrmidons ; he kills Sarpédon and routs the Trojans ; Apollo takes the body, rouses Hektor, and helps him kill Patróklos --
Book 17 : Achaians and Trojans battle over Patróklos' body ; Hektor dons Achilles' armor ; with gods aiding, both sides rally ; Achilles' horses weep ; Meneláos sends Antílochos to tell Achilles --
Book 18 : Achilles, Thetis, and sea-nymphs lament the heroes' death ; Achilles rescues Patróklos' body ; at Thetis' request, Hephaistos makes arms for her son, including an elaborate shield --
Book 19 : Receiving the arms, Achilles renounces his wrath ; Agamemnon blames Delusion, which harms even Zeus, and gives both gifts and girl to Achilles ; he arms ; Xanthos foretells his death. Book 20 : Zeus sends the gods to aid both sides ; Achilles speaks and fights with Aineías, whom Poseidon saves, then faces Hektor ; whom Apollo saves, then keeps on rampaging and killing --
Book 21 : Achilles kills many men in the river, who begs him to stop, then threatens ; Hera sends Hephaistos to quell the river ; the gods oppose each other ; the Trojans go into the city --
Book 22 : His parents beg Hektor to come in ; Hektor refuses ; Achilles chases him ; Athena deceives him into stopping ; Achilles strikes him, rejects his dying plea, and drags him ; the women wail --
Book 23 : In sleep, Achilles sees Patróklos ; he mourns ; the winds light the pyre. The funeral games : chariot-racing, boxing, wrestling, footrace, spear-fight, hurling a lump, archery, and spear-throw --
Book 24 : Achilles keeps dragging Hektor ; angered, Zeus says he must give up the body ; with Hermes' aid Priam goes to ransom it ; they meet, Achilles restrains the battle, and Hektor is buried --
List of proper names in the Iliad.
Other Titles: Iliad.
Responsibility: Homer ; translated by Rodney Merrill.
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A translation of Homer's ""Iliad"" that offers a form of English poetry particularly relevant to the epic, producing a strong musical setting that brings many elements of the narrative truly to life.  Read more...


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