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James

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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (29)
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    (28)

    One of the most extraordinary achievements in world literary history. Too good to be relegated to the dustbin of high-school required reading, the first of Homer's epic poems tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles' slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. (Translated by Samuel Butler.)

    James M says: "Illiad at three or four times the price worth it?"
    "Exercise-bike Homer"
    Overall

    It's no substitute for the Greek, nor the Lattimore - and I couldn't live without the Pope version, either, for that matter - but it's pretty good: a fine translation, clearly recorded. I found some of the pronunciations a bit jarring at first but I quickly adapted to them; I love the thought, in these times, of a narrator of the Iliad with a North American accent. So it's near-perfect as an Iliad with which to share one's exercise-bike.

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