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Book review: The Iliad by Homer

The IliadThe Iliad by Homer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of the Trojan War, one of my favorite Greek legends. I studied The Iliad and The Odyssey in my Classical Literature class at Grand Valley State University, possibly my favorite course. I've been interested in Greco-Roman mythology since reading the stories of Hercules in 6th grade.

The Iliad has influenced Western culture for millennia. Many of the gods, heroes, places, and events are referenced throughout Western art and literature. Some of the characters include Helen, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the Greek pantheon (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Apollo, Athena, et al.).

Recurring themes are winning glory in battle, even in death, and in the inevitability of fate. I enjoyed seeing the Trojan War from the various perspectives of its participants: the Achaeans (Greeks), Trojans, and Olympian gods, who choose sides and intervene to assist their favored heroes.

I listened to the free audiobook from LibriVox. I downloaded the Samuel Butler translation, but they also have the Theodore Alois Buckley translation

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