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War. Love. Betrayal. Revenge. These are the forces that define the Iliad, an ancient work by the Greek poet Homer. Here, Homer sings of the tense and violent days of the Trojan War, a battle of gods and men that shatters all but the strongest of heroes. The greatest of these heroes—the mighty Achilles—is poised to help the Greeks win the war. But in the midst of this epic conflict, Achilles's countryman Agememnon defies the hero and steals his chosen mate. Achilles's desire for revenge is all-consuming: bent on avenging this personal injustice, he abandons the fight. The Greek side falls into danger without their hero's power and all eyes look to Achilles as a fateful chain of events brings this tale of conflict to its dramatic conclusion.
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the Trojans--Scene between Jove and Juno on Olympus.
Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of ...
Reviewed by womanofsalt on Jun 10, 2009
A must read classic
Some books are better read aloud--and this is one of them.
Reviewed by Christiana on May 5, 2009
One of those books you know you must read and once you start to read it, you know why you must read it. A work of art.
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