Rage–Goddess, sing the rage of
Peleus’ son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans conutless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death
so many study sould
Thus begins the stirring story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles that has gripped listeners and readers for 2,700 years. This timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to its wrenching, tragic conclusion. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it co-exists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents us with his universally acclaimed modern verse translation of the world’s greatest war story.
Softcover, 666 pages.