Homer

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There will be blood, and lots of it. Homer PDF EBook The Iliad isn't an easy read (I've read the Fagles translation before and am now giving the Lattimore one a go) and some of the 24 chapters are a bit tedious. (Chapter II, with it's catalogue of ships, for example.) But there is brilliance too: the hard and bitter truths of war and its destructiveness haven't been surpassed in over two and a half millennium.

It's not true, as some noted critics suggest (yes, Harold Bloom, I'm looking at you) that Homer treats the Greeks and Trojans equally. (The Greeks almost always come off better: Which sides gets the better armor in a trade? Which sides sends out two sentry instead of one? Which side has six fighters as strong (and at least one stronger) than the strongest Trojan? But Homer doesn't demonize the Trojans, and we grieve for their losses in the book, including those that are foreshadowed.

Moreover, Homer understood that heroes can only shine when faced with heroic competitors. Any of the current spate of superhero movies show this, as the movies are only as good as the villains are.

Sure, Achilleus is a punk. The leader of the troops disrespects you? Cry to mommy. Ask her to have the gods make your side lose. Let your fellow countrymen die because you are angry.

The book is far bigger than Achilleus and his anger. To borrow a phrase from Yeats, "there is a terrible beauty born" out of all this violence. It's not an easy read, nor always a pleasant one. But it is never not worthwhile. It'll be around in another 2,700 years. Like this book? Read online this: Good and Dead (Homer Kelly, #6), The Iliad of Homer.

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