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I have found the Iliad hard work on previous reads, and never sure that I had absorbed the key moments this translation is so direct in it s choice of words and rhythm, I found myself moved to tears at several points I listened to the audiobook for Stanley Lombardo s translation of the Iliad, and it was surprisingly fun Lombardo must have taken some liberties with the source text because I can t imagine a totally faithful translation would be this accessible Lombardo opts to make the conversations seemmodern and colloquial, and this makes it a good choice for someone who wants to hear the tale without delighting in the meter of it which to be fair, I m not a very good judge of anyway.It s really interesting to see which tropes from thousands of years ago still stick around and which ones are gone There are a few things the Iliad has in common with the Aeneid that would be unusual today heroes killing opponents who already surrendered, every single slain character gets a name, tons of literal deus ex machina On the other hand, the battle sequences and flow feel decidedly relevant to today s storytelling.After reading the Iliad, I m retroactively less impressed with the Aeneid It copies many sequences from the Iliad beat for beat While I still like it, it s clear that the Aeneid is largely a retread, following the Iliad and the Odyssey I like the concept of all of these epics though both sides of the conflict have names and faces, and neither side is really bad I m looking forward to visiting the Odyssey next, and maybe then I ll branch out into some of the classic epics from other parts of the world. honestly i really enjoyed that i found that even though some of the scenes became tedious at times, the focus on both the Trojans and Greeks in a both a positive and negative light to be refreshing the story doesn t really paint either asheroic or better than the others despite the eventual win of the Greeks, Achilles is almost dehumanized by the end of the story and in fact it is the Trojans that are painted ashuman and emotional i found achilles character to be especially interesting, from both his position on vengeance and glory and how his character arc changes from one to another. This was a very decent, concise version of the Iliad That being said, I hope that I never have to read another version of the Iliad for school again, let alone two semesters in a row. Devastating and so beautifully written Raises important questions about war and humanity What this edition included was enough to give me full understanding of the plot and keep me engaged the entire read. A enormous amount of monologuing Interesting to see older styles of writing Not bad but I have a hard time recommending The English translation was great. This was a book for class I thought it was really interesting how the Gods interacted with the mortals. Last week the family and I went to a friend s house for dinner We talked while our daughters screamed across the lawn and wasps bled from the forest to threaten the late afternoon He s also a fan of the Iliad the Stanley Lombardo translation I maintained the greatness of Robert Fitzgerald s translation, which I had read around this time last year After some tense moments blows were averted, but he lent me his copy It feels like so muchthan a year since the wet sand of the Greek camp gripped my feet But I guess this is how it is with classics our little lives come and go, beating at the rocks ofpermanent stories So Sing, Goddess, Achilles rage,Black and murderous, that cost the GreeksIncalculable pain, pitched countless soulsOf heroes into Hades dark,And left their bodies to rot as feastsFor dogs and birds, as Zeus will was done Lombardo I don t know if I m ready to follow all the way through with a re reading, but I m going to do some side by side comparisons, because I find those to be annoyingly rare on the internet when you need them.Battle Scene The end of Book IV Lombardo Diores, though, was skewered by Fate.Peirus, the Thracian leader, had caught himJust above the ankle with a jagged stoneThat crushed both tendons and bones.He fell backward into the dust, hands stretchedToward his friends, gasping out his life.Peirus ran up and finished him offWith a slicing spear thrust near his navel.Hi guts spilled out, and everything went black.As Peirus jumped back, Thoas the AetolianHit him in the chest above the nipple.The bronze caught his lung Thoas closed,Pulled the spear out, drew his swordAnd slashed his belly open This finished him,But Thoas did not get to strip off Peirus armorBecause his men, top knotted ThraciansWith long spears in hand, drove him off,Big as he was, and sent him reeling Fitzgerald The next on whom fate closed was DioresAmarungkeides, hit by a jagged stoneLow on the right leg near the ankle Peiros threw it,Peiros Imbrasides, a Thracian captain,One who had come from Ainos With the boneitself, the vicious stone crushed both leg tendonsutterly, and the tall man tumbled downinto the dust, flinging his arms out wideto his companions, panting his life away but on the run the man who hit him, Peiros,came with a spear to gash him by the navel.His bowels were spilled, and darkness veiled his eyes.Then Thoas the Aitolian lunged at Peiros,Hitting him with a spear above the nipple,So the bronze point struck in his lung and ThoasAt close quarters, wrenching the heavy spear,Pulled it out of his chest, then drew his swordAnd killed with him a stroke square in the belly.His gear he could not strip, though friends of the dead man,Topknotted Thracians, closing round with spears,Repulsed him, huge and powerful as he was,A noble figure staggering, he gave ground.Agamemnon s moment of doubt Book IX Lombardo So the Trojan s kept watch But Panic,Fear s sister, had wrapped her icy fingers Around the Greeks, and all their bestWere stricken with unendurable grief.When two winds rise on the swarming deep,Boreas and Zephyr, blowing from ThraceIn a sudden squall, the startled black wavesWill crst and tangle the surf with seaweed.The Greeks felt like that, pummeled and torn.Agamemnon s heart was bruised with painAs he went around to the clar toned criersOrdering them to call each man to the assembly,But not to shout He pitched in himself.It was a dispirited assembly AgamemnonStood up, weeping, his face like a sheer cliffWith dark springwater washing down the stone Fitzgerald So Trojans kept their watch that night.To seawardPanic that attends blood chilling RoutNow ruled the Akhaians All their finest menWere shaken by tis fear, in bitter throes,As when a shifting galeBlows up over the cold fish breeding sea,North wind and west wind wailing out of ThraceIn squall on squall, and dark waves crest, and shorwardMasses of weed are cast up by the surf So were Akhaian hearts torn in their breasts.By that great gloom hard hit, the son of AtreusMade his way amid his criers and told themTo bid each man in person to assemblyBut not to raise a general cry He led them,Making the rounds himself, and soon the soldiers Grimly took their places Then he rose,With slow tears trickling, as from a hidden springDark water runs down, staining a rock wallThe final battle of Hector and Achilles Book XXII Lombardo Great Hector, helmet shining, spoke first I m not running any , Achilles.Three times around the city was enough.I ve got my nerve back It s me or you now.But first we should swear a solemn oath.With all the gods as witnesses, I swear If Zeus gives me the victory over you,I will not dishonor your corpse, onlyStrip the armor and give the body backTo the Greeks Promise you ll do the same.And Achilles, fixing his eyes on him Don t try to cut any deals with me Hector.Do lions make peace treaties with men Do wolves and lambs agree to get along No, they hate each other to the core,And that s how it is between you and me,No talk of agreements until one of usFalls and gluts Ares with his blood.By God, you d better remember everythingYou ever knew about fighting with spears.But you re as good as dead Pallas AthenaAnd my spear will make you pay in a lumpFor the agony you ve caused by killing my friends Fitzgerald Hektor was the first to speak He said I will no longer fear you as before,Son of Peleus, though I ran from youRound Priam s town three times and could not face you.Now my soul would have me stand and fight,Whether I kill you or am killed So come,We ll summon gods here as our witnesses,None higher, arbiters of a pact I swearThat, terrible as you are,I ll not insult your corpse should Zeus allow meVictory in the end, your life as prize.Once I have your gear, I ll give your bodyBack to Akhaians Grant me, too, this grace.But swift Akhilleus frowned at him and said Hektor, I ll have no talk of pacts with you,forever unforgiven as you are.As between men and lions there are none,No concord between wolves and sheep, but allHold one another hateful through and through,So there can be no courtesy between us,No sworn truce, till one of us is downAnd glutting with his blood the wargod Ares.Summon up what skills you have By god,You d better be a spearman and a fighter Now there is no way out Pallas AthenaWill have the upper hand of you The weaponBelongs to me You ll pay the reckoningIn full for all the pain my men have borne,Who met death by your spear.So Make of that what you will. Troy, based on Homer8.5 out of 10Troy is spectacular, often mesmerizing and mostly a pleasure to watch, although it does not deliver the joy promised by one of the best works of humanity as source of inspiration.Granted, with all the divine cast and heroic original material, it is a daunting task to transfer such a narrative on the big screen.On many levels it is an accomplishment to be cheered.For audiences that are in large part we may fear how big the segment is unfamiliar with the masterpiece of Homer, Troy would set the outline and would encourage some to read the Iliad and then even , if this is not wishful thinking.The cast is absolutely resplendent and if none of the actors has his best performance on this set, still, as a team effort this motion picture is memorable.The pretext of the huge clash and there is a beautiful display of ships, weaponry, war chariots that are well choreographed and often credible is the recovery of beautiful Helen aka the radiant Diane Kruger from the clutches of Paris aka Orlando Bloom.The battles have many stages and intricacies, for there are animosities within the camp of allies, for instance, between Achilles aka Brad Pitt and Agamemnon aka Brian Cox.Further, there are individual confrontations between leaders of the two armies, the Greek and the Trojan ones, Menelaus fighting against Paris, Hector aka Eric Bana intervening and then thinking he is facing Achilles, he is killing the one who took his appearance, Patroclus.The legend has it that the iconic hero has been immersed by his mother to be rendered immune to injury, but she held him by the heel.Thus the Achilles heel as the vulnerable, weak spot, the only place where an enemy could get at him, which might happen in Troy, but let s keep it secret, for those who have not seen it or read The Iliad.When Achilles finds that beloved Patroclus is dead, first he kicks his servant, for, in spite of their glory, courage, determination, valor, strength, these characters had quite abominable traits, that need to be perceived nevertheless in the context of the age, slavery was a normal thing and to be sexist, abusive was to be ordinary.Hector has to confront Achilles and he does not find the heel.He is hence killed and further, his corpse is tied to the chariot and dragged through the dust, all the way to the beach, the camp of the Greeks.So much for the Super Hero status, the demigod and paradigm shift.For a fascinating look on how paradigms change, I recommend Vernon God Little, or for a short take on it, the note at realini.blogspot.comThe king of Troy, Priam aka an aged, rather far from his Lawrence of Arabia zenith master, Peter O Toole, comes to the tent of the one who had just murdered his son.How Well, he knows his land better than the other side.He kisses the hand that had dispatched his eldest child to the other side, perhaps not Hades.And he highlights the gesture.Priam wants to be allowed to perform tha last rituals for the late Hector.Then we have the infamous Trojan Horse.There are various opinions on the subject, advisors and Paris offering conflicting perspectives.However, it is considered a gift to Poseidon and taken to the fortified city and not burned, as desired by Paris, among others.The result I guess you know it, but if you don t, you have the chance to find out.