Monday, March 2, 2009

The Iliad

Author: Homer
Translator: W.H.D. Rouse
Title: The Iliad
Number of Pages: 312
First Publication: 1950 (for this translation)
Genre: Classic
Synopsis: "Humans and gods wrestling with towering emotions. Men fighting to the death amidst the devastation and destruction of the Trojan War. To this day, the heroism and adventure in "The Iliad" have remained unmatched in song and story. This edition features a new Introduction. Revised reissue."

The Iliad covers the tenth and final year of the Trojan War, though surprising enough it does not cover the destruction of the city of Troy. Instead it focuses mainly on the conflict between the immortals and the mortals and the two warring armies (jeez, a ten year war, over a girl).
At first the striping off of there opponents armor seemed a bit odd, until I realized that they would use the extra armor to replace their own armor when it needed to repaired and they wouldn't have time to fix it.
Frankly, I hated Paris. He was selfish, vain, cowardly, and the whole bloody war was HIS fault!!! I'm not even going to get started on how much I disliked Helen.
Although, I must admit that it was a mildly interesting read. Which is why I am giving it a rating of 2 out of 5 cameo pendents.
Dame Orchid
The Iliad is very, very violent. Kind of like 300 and Kill Bill.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, violence, especially on the level of 300 and Kill Bill, is not my thing. D:
    Glad you enjoyed it, though. :)

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