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  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey |  Homer,W. H. D. Rouse - translator

    Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
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    (610)
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    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The 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 Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

    Ganesh says: "Best Iliad experience on Audible"
  • The Iliad | Robert Fagles

    The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Fagles
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
    Overall
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    Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language of this 2,700-year-old epic, while maintaining the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, as well as the impact and nuance of Homer's mesmerizing repeated phrases.

    As a scholar, Fagles praises Homer's directness and simplicity, the breadth of his imagination, and the power of his song. As a translator, he brilliantly captures these very qualities.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful translation and reading, but abridged"
  • The Iliad: The Fitzgerald Translation |  Homer,Robert Fitzgerald - translator

    The Iliad: The Fitzgerald Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Homer, Robert Fitzgerald - translator
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Since it was first published more than 25 years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. Fitzgerald's work is accessible, ironic, faithful, written in a swift vernacular blank verse that "makes Homer live as never before" (Library Journal).

    Tad Davis says: "Beautiful"
  • The Iliad |  Homer,Richmond Lattimore - translator

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
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    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful, and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century BC, and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Rachel says: "This is the audio version you want"
  • The Iliad: The Story of Achilles |  Homer

    The Iliad: The Story of Achilles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
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    Story
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    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."
  • The Iliad of Homer |  The Great Courses

    The Iliad of Homer

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Elizabeth Vandiver
    Overall
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    For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

    Machteacher says: "Vandiver never disappoints"
  • Iliad |  Homer,Stanley Lombardo - translator

    Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Stanley Lombardo - translator
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon - introduction
    Overall
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    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Anthony says: "The Iliad made pleasurable."
  • Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution: Texas Classics | Stephen L. Hardin

    Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution: Texas Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Hardin
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
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    Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque."

    John says: "Great lesson"
  • The Iliad & The Odyssey |  Homer

    The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
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    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
  • The Iliad |  Homer,Samuel Butler - translator

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Homer, Samuel Butler - translator
    • Narrated By Matthew Josdal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (25)
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    The Iliad, together with The Odyssey, is one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The work is commonly dated to the 8th or 7th century BC, and many scholars believe it is the oldest extant work of literature in the Greek language, making it the first work of European literature. The story concerns events during the 10th and final year in the siege of the city of Troy by the Greeks.

  • The Iliad |  Homer,Stephen Mitchell - translator

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell - translator
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
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    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
  • The Iliad |  Homer,Alexander Pope - translator

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Alexander Pope - translator
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader, Agamemnon.

    Jlongtorso says: "The beauty of Pope's Iliad made audible."
  • The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander |  Homer,Caroline Alexander - translator

    The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Homer, Caroline Alexander - translator
    • Narrated By Dominic Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (34)
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    Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander's new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source - a translation epic in scale yet devastating in its precision and power.

    Tad Davis says: "Forceful"
  • The Modern Scholar: Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History | Eric H. Cline

    The Modern Scholar: Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline
    • Narrated By Eric H. Cline
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    The Trojan War, captured forever in Homer's epic poem the Iliad, resonates to the present day in the popular imagination. But did Troy actually exist? And if so, where is it located? Was the Trojan War actually fought? And why? In this course, professor Eric H. Cline examines the history of Troy and delves into the archaeological discoveries that help to answer the questions above. Through an incisive analysis of known data, Professor Cline provides a fuller, richer understanding of this historic clash.

    Nathan says: "I can see the windy plains of Troy"
  • The Iliad |  Homer

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    Most of the great Greek stories and epic tales are initiated over women, which is exactly what happens in the very beginning of The Iliad by Homer. The Trojan War has been waging for nearly a decade, and really erupted when Helen, the wife to Menelaos, was kidnapped and thus launched the "thousand ships" in pursuit of her. This is the reason that the Achaians and the Trojans have been fighting each other for so long. Achilles, who has become hero to the Greeks, is given the present of a slave girl for his excellence in battle.

  • Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography: Books That Changed the World | Alberto Manguel

    Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alberto Manguel
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature. "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", with their incomparable tales of the Trojan War, Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the beautiful Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are familiar to most people because they are so pervasive.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Some Things Just Don't Work in Audio"
  • A Ilíada e a Guerra de Troia [The Iliad and the Trojan War] |  Homer

    A Ilíada e a Guerra de Troia [The Iliad and the Trojan War]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Laura Mayumi, Angela Couto, Barros Batista, and others
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    A versão em áudio desta descrição da Guerra de Tróia é rica em elementos sonoros ligados às batalhas, à natureza, às manifestações dos deuses e à musicalidade grega. Com a participação de 16 profissionais de voz, entre atores, narradores e dubladores, que interpretam 34 personagens, além da voz do narrador.Vozes: Angela Couto (Atena); Barros Batista (Antíloco, Hermes, Dólon e Glauco); Carol Leiderfarb (Hera); Di Ramon (rei da Lícia, Menelau, soldado troiano e Príamo).

  • Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad | Alice Oswald,Eavan Boland (afterword)

    Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Alice Oswald, Eavan Boland (afterword)
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its "nobility", as has everyone ever since - but ancient critics praised it for its enargeia, its "bright unbearable reality" (the word used when gods come to earth, not in disguise but as themselves). To retrieve the poem's energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story, and her account focuses by turns on Homer's extended similes and on the brief 'biographies' of the minor war-dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably - and unforgotten - in the copiousness of Homer's glance.

    Nicole J. Munro says: "Beautiful poetry"
  • The Iliad |  Homer, Edward, Earl of Derby - translator

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Homer, Edward, Earl of Derby - translator
    • Narrated By Dikran Tulaine
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    The Illiad dates back to the 8th century BC and is Homer's epic precursor to The Odyssey. Set during the Trojan War, it tells of battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.

  • The Modern Scholar: The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer | Professor Timothy B. Shutt

    The Modern Scholar: The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Professor Timothy B. Shutt
    • Narrated By Timothy B. Shutt
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    One of the Modern Scholar’s most popular professors, Timothy B. Shutt, brings his literary acumen and trademark enthusiasm to the study of the epic poems that sit at the very wellspring of Western culture. The earliest surviving works of Greek literature, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey exert a continuing influence on modern culture, even today shaping people’s values and conduct. In the tales of Achilles and Hector, of Odysseus and Penelope, Homer explored the notion of arête, which translates as "excellence" or "virtue".

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