¾ Read ✓ Ἰλιάς by Homer ☆ TROY VI THE INVENTION OF ACHILLESThe Classics, it is the ClassicsWilliam Blake is said to have exclaimed, with pointed reference to Homer, that Desolate Europe with WarsBlake s exclamation might not be as atrocious as it sounds at first There might be some truth to this, a universal truth.
Significantly however, this is not how the ancients understood it They understood war as the catastrophe that it is.
Strabo, the Roman geographer, talking about the Trojan wars, puts it thusFor it came about that, on account of the length of the campaign, the Greeks of that time, and the barbarians as well, lost both what they had at home and what they had acquired by the campaign and so, after the destruction of Troy, not only did the victors turn to piracy because of their poverty, the still the vanquished who survived the war It is in this spirit that I chose The Il Iliad, Homer The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer Set during the Trojan War, the ten year siege of the city of Troy Ilium by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.
Characters Ajax, Odysseus, Helen of Troy, Menelaus, Paris, Hector, Achilles, Agamemnon, Aeneas, Sarpedon, Priam, Cassandra, Patroclus, Diomedes, Ajax Oileus, Andromache, Briseis, Hecuba, Nestor, Akhilleus 1973 1334 720 08 1377 579 9643053865 1381 1385 1387 9789643053864 08 Pablo Picasso spent his entire life trying desperately to do something new, something unique He moved from style to style, mastering and then abandoning both modern and classical methods, even trying to teach his trained artist s hand to paint like a child.
In 1940, four French teens and a dog stumbled upon a cave that had lain hidden for 16,000 years Inside, they found the walls covered in beautiful drawings of men and animals When the Lascaux caves were opened to the public, Pablo Picasso visited them, and as he stared at the prehistoric hunting scenes, was heard to remark in a despondent tone We have invented nothing.
The Iliad is equally as humbling to a writer, as complex, beautiful, and honest as any other work The war scenes play out like a modern film, gory and fast paced, the ever present shock of death Tho as a native english speaker, im not exposed to translated books very often so this reread is the first time where i have truly comprehended the significance of a translation and how it can either make or break a story i first read parts ofthe iliadback when i was in school and i just remember the text being very stiff and formal it did not hold my attention at all because i couldnt understand it but as i have come to love this story over the years through retellings and other media , i decided to give this another try after a lot of research, i chose this edition and translation, and i cannot stress enough how it has made all the difference the epic ofthe iliadhas its roots in oral storytelling and i am so impressed at how the flow of the language in this feels like someone is sitting next to me, personally telling me a tale about the best of greeks and I m often kept up at night brooding on my troubles, wishing I could find some solace that would help me sleep But now I know that the best way to keep insomnia at bay is to get out of bed, hitch up my chariot, tie the corpse of my mortal enemy to the back, and drive around for a few hours, dragging him, until I cheer up and can go back to sleep The Iliad is unmatched, in my reading, for works that describe the bloody, ridiculous, selfish lengths people will go in order to feel better The sticks and stones fly and gouge out eyes, smash skulls, slash livers and veins until the blood sprays this poem is definitely not for the squeamish , but the real weapons of the Trojan War are name calling, cheating at games, and stealing your best buddy s girlfriend or mixing bowl or ox Most of the action occurs when somebody gets his feelings hurt, the baddie won t apologize, and the sen
At my college graduation, the speaker was a gruff professor He was one of those older men whom people somewhat patronizingly describe as a teddy bear to convey the idea that while he looks like Santa Claus, they wouldn t be surprised to see him arraigned on assault charges at the local courthouse I liked this professor in general, and his graduation speech was a grand warm congratulations on a crisp early summer day He decided to inform us, however, that anyone who had not read The Iliad and The Odyssey should not be graduating from college I was one of those lucky lucky folks, like an illiterate kid graduating from high school I decided to rectify the situation as soon as possible, and I spent an indefinite number of hours in the next few, sunny weeks laying in a hammock on my porch, the boy I loved commiserating with me abou Everyone knows the Iliad And everyone talks about it But here, I only want to discuss one forgotten element of it An element ESSENTIAL to constructing a valid modern worldview for EACH of us.
I always evaded applying this element to my daily life But I was wrong so wrong.
Rei Pasa Those two words sum it all up.
They were written by a Greek gentleman who was roughly the contemporary of Homer Heraclitus, the ancient pre Socratic philosopher.
Rei pasa everything changes Inevitably.
As Heraclitus explains elsewhere, You can t step into the same river twice EVERYTHING is in movement.
So it is with Homer In this epic, everything takes place In Medias Res right, smack dab in the middle of the chaos of everyday life.
That s where we all start in our OWN lives And finish.
And that s the ONLY place we ll ever find Peace.
Now, that seems odd, doe Did you really LIKE the Iliad, mum My son has just finished reading it, and his question is valid Do you really LIKE to read line after line of gory murder, repeated endlessly from song to song I evaded the question, speaking of fantastic opening lines, of classic art and immense influence on other authors And then I capitulated a little The Odyssey is much interesting as a story I said So you didn t like it then I liked reading it And we agreed that some books just ARE As a reader, you will want to tackle them at some point, and the rules you apply to recent works of fiction don t count You award yourself 5 stars for finishing, for knowing than you did before starting But then my son killed the Iliad with a spear as sharp as tho
2 Zeus the father of gods and men is a henpecked husband who is also partial to domestic abuse.
3 If you take a pretty girl who is the daughter of a priest of Apollo as war booty and refuse to have her ransomed, Apollo will rain plague on your troops And he won t be appeased until you return the girl and throw him a ginormous BBQ party involving hundreds of cattle at his temple.
4 If an arrow or a spear were thrown at you in battle, often than not, it would land on your nipple or thereabout Or alternatively, it would pierce your helmet and splatt One Of The Foremost Achievements In Western Literature, Homer S Iliad Tells The Story Of The Darkest Episode Of The Trojan War At Its Center Is Achilles, The Greatest Warrior Champion Of The Greeks, And His Conflict With His Leader Agamemnon Interwoven In The Tragic Sequence Of Events Are Powerfully Moving Descriptions Of The Ebb And Flow Of Battle, The Besieged City Of Ilium, The Feud Between The Gods, And The Fate Of MortalsE V Rieu S Acclaimed Translation Of Homer S Iliad Was One Of The First Titles Published In Penguin Classics, And Now Has Classic Status Itself For This Edition, Rieu S Text Has Been Revised, And A New Introduction And Notes By Peter Jones Complement The original Introduction