By Malcolm M. Willcock
Those people who are in a position to learn Homer in Greek have plentiful recourse to commentaries, however the overwhelming majority who learn the Iliad in translation haven't been so good served—the many to be had translations comprise few, if any, notes. For those readers, Malcolm M. Willcock presents a line-by-line remark that explains the various actual info, mythological allusions, and Homeric conventions scholar or basic reader couldn't be anticipated to carry to an preliminary come upon with the Iliad.
The notes, which constantly relate to specific traces within the textual content, have as their top target the straightforward, real rationalization of items the green reader will be not going to have at his or her command (What is a hecatomb? who's Atreus' son?). moment, they increase an appreciation of the Iliad via illuminating epic sort, Homer's equipment of composition, the constitution of the paintings, and the characterization of the key heroes. The "Homeric Question," about the foundation and authorship of the Iliad, is usually discussed.
Professor Willcock's remark is predicated on Richmond Lattimore's translation—regarded by way of many because the amazing translation of the current generation—but it can be used profitably with different types to boot. This essentially written remark, together with an exceptional pick out bibliography, will make one of many touchstones of Western literature obtainable to a much wider viewers.
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A Companion to The Iliad by Malcolm M. Willcock