The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
by Caroline Alexander: notes

The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
by Caroline Alexander

A fascinating reading of the Iliad, which:

Quotes richly from Richmond Lattimore's The 'Iliad' of Homer (1961), which she says [p. 274] is:

The most faithful to Homer's Greek of all translations available in English, both in literal word sense and in epic gravitas.

Also notes the existence of Robert Fagles 1990 translation as [p. 274]:

Colloquial and modern, a translation that many readers have found to be the most accessible.

Simon Underwood's English Translators of Homer (1998) is also noted for its [p. 274]:

Succinct (seventy-nine pages) discussion of the most important translations and changing sensibilities.

The most highly recommended commentaries (6 volumes, one for each group of four books in the Iliad) are [p. 273]:

The most comprehensive, thorough, and handy commentary ... the six-volume series published by Cambridge University Press, of which the late G.S. Kirk was the general editor. While the line-by-line commentary can be technical, the series' many essays on general themes ('The Gods in Homer', 'Typical Motifs and Themes') are clear and readable.

Sections of Caroline Alexander's The War That Killed Achilles

See also

Timeline of Foundations of Western Civilization.

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