The Iliad


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High on Olympus, Zeus and the assembled deities look down on the world of men, to the city of Troy where a bitter and bloody war has dragged into its tenth year, and a quarrel rages between a legendary warrior and his commander. Greek ships decay, men languish, exhausted, and behind the walls of Troy a desperate people await the next turn of fate. This is the Iliad: an ancient story of enduring power; magnetic characters defined by stirring and momentous speeches; a panorama of human lives locked in a heroic struggle ...

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Jan 16, 2009


Reverberates deeply. Jonathan Shay's book, "Achilles in Viet Nam," in his analysis of The Iliad, is a lense for understanding the warriors of our own time.

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