The story of the Iliad centers on the critical events in the last year of the Trojan War, which lead to Achilles`s killing of Hektor and determine the fate of Troy. But Homer`s theme is not simply war or heroism. With compassion and humanity, he presents a universal and tragic view of the world, of human life lived under the shadow of suffering and death, set against a vast and largely unpitying divine background. The Iliad is the first of the great tragedies. This prose translation features an excellent introduction and textual commentary by the translator, Martin Hammond.
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