Date of Publication: 27/08/1987,
Pagination: 528 pages, index,
Series: 20th Century Architects,
Imprint: Penguin Classics,
Published By: Penguin Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Classic poetry, Fiction in translation
The first of the world's great tragedies, The Iliad centres on the pivotal four days towards the end of the ten-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans.
In a series of dramatic set pieces, it follows the story of the humiliation of Achilleus at the hands of Agamemnon and his slaying of Hektor: a barbarous act with repercussions that ultimately determine the fate of Troy.
The Iliad not only paints an intimate picture of individual experience, but also offers a universal perspective in which human loss and suffering are set against a vast and unpitying divine background where fickle, quarrelsome gods decide the fate of men.
Translated with an Introduction by Martin Hammond