The Iliad

The Iliad

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The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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  • Vincent May
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a classic for a reason. I read The Iliad in college, and it's a truly deep and interesting story. As for star-crossed lovers, Priam and Helen are the original Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the foundational works of western literature. This cannot at all be passed up."
  • Willie Bryant
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Homer's Iliad follows the story of great Greek warrior Achilles and his conflict with Agamemnon during the Trojan War. Also called "The Song of Ilion", to call this ancient poem a classic would be an understatement. This piece of literature is one of the oldest works ever discovered, dating back to the 8th century BC, and has provided much insight to historians and readers alike in understanding what history was like during that era. This is a must-have book on anyone's shelf."
  • George Silva
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Amazing story for anyone to read. Made into a movie, the story of The Illiad is engrained in ancient Greek history and the story of mankind. Absolutely love this book!"
  • Scott Williams
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Having read the Odyssey in high school, I felt it was time to explore what is undoubtedly one of the greatest classics of all time. Homer's Iliad is a story telling master piece and it's reflection on the Trojan war has provided one of the greatest epics of all time. Highly recommended for anyone that hasn't read yet."
    Douglas Arnold
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is probably one of the most important pieces of Greek literature you can read. More in depth than I thought when I first opened it, the poem goes into great detail of the Trojan war and the horrors and battles that went along with it. IF you haven't read this, it is definitely a MUST READ!"
  • Roger Freeman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I completed this book and was amazed. If you are interested in Western literature this book is definitely for you. "
  • Teresa Jensen
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind"
  • Hannah Tucker
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "There's no way that The Illiad could not make the list for best epic poetry. It's certainly one of the most influential poems and anyone - any student of literature, philosophy, history, language - just about anyone interested deepening their knowledge about our roots - should read this. I can't say enough about it. It can be work getting through the text (it's not always accessible without a bit of work), but the effort is worth it. I remember the first time reading this for class and then reading it again in grad school. My appreciation for the work has changed over the years, and deepened. It should be on everyone's shelf. "
  • Christina Ferguson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Outstanding!! 5 stars. A must read. The Iliad tells the story of Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Amazing characters. Would highly recommend."
    Kimberly Johnson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Homer's ILIAD should be read by every literate person who strives to be well-educated. I have never seen such a succinct and complete synopsis before."
  • Lawrence Alvarado
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Read The Iliad. If you know how to read, read it. Stunning that this was written so long ago. If you're still reading this review, stop and go read The Iliad. "
  • Jenny Yu
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you're into mythology, this novel is an absolute must. Written in Ancient Greece, it has everything anyone who's a fan of Greek mythology would be into."
  • Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I can't name too many books that were written more than 2000 years ago, but The Iliad is one of them. That this epic has endured for so long is a testament to its influence throughout history, almost unequaled by any other book. I had read some of this in high school and feel that I can appreciate it more now. The translation provided is invaluable and one of the better features of this particular edition."
  • Jesse Fisher
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is great for anyone pursuing to achieve higher education. The way the author normalizes the text is a great way for the reader to clearly understand. I would suggest the paperback much more. Overall a great translation."
  • Willie Turner
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I started to read the The Iliad since I notice the book was recommended by David Bowie. I am glad that I read this book since it was such a good read."
  • Doris Schmidt
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Iliad is hands down the best works written during ancient times"
  • Grace Montgomery
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The pace and continuity are fine. However the physical layout of the book makes it a bit of a chore to consume. The font is too small, there are no line breaks between paragraphs (white space) and the page headers do not include the page numbers."
  • Ralph White
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The illiad is a must read in terms of free books. It basically is the first book of modern western civilization and is an important starting point for any reader."
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