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Jeff

Pacifica, US, Canada | Member Since 2003

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  • The Iliad: The Story of Achilles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    Homer's Iliad can justly be called the world's greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion.

    J.C. says: "A good translation and narrator."
    "Meter in the 'Iliad' (Please forward to Charles)"
    Overall

    I found Charles's review of the recording of the W. H. D. Rouse or Butler translation of the 'Iliad' (I can't tell which) very helpful in certain particulars, but I think I should point out that the 'Iliad' was originally written in Greek in dactylic hexameter rather than the iambic pentameter that Charles suggests. In addition, a recording of the original would likely not be as helpful to Charles as he believes. I would recommend a reading of either the Fagles or Fitzgerald translations.

    Thank you, Charles, for warning me away from the poor reading! I do not mean to take issue with you on that score and am indeed very grateful to you for it.

    (See Reviewer: Charles, from Estacada, OR, USA Date: May 07, 2003)

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful

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