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The Iliad
By Rodney Merrill (trans) and Homer
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Michigan Pr
Publication date November 10, 2009
Pages 464
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780472033980
ISBN-10 0472033980
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.50 lbs.
Original list price $25.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
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"Other competent translations of Homer exist, but none accomplish what Merrill aims for: to convey to the reader-listener in translation the meaning and the sounds of Homer, coming as close as possible to the poetry of the original. Merrill accomplishes this virtuosic achievement by translating Homer's Greek into English hexameters, a process requiring not only a full understanding of the original Greek, but also an unusual mastery of the sounds, rhythms, and
nuances of English."
---Stephen G. Daitz, Professor Emeritus of Classics, City University of New York

Rodney Merrill's translation of Homer's Iliad offers a form of English poetry particularly relevant to the epic, producing a strong musical setting that brings many elements of the narrative truly to life. Most notable are the many battle scenes, in which Homer's strong dactylic hexameters make credible the "war-lust" in the deeds of the combatants.
 
Until his retirement, Rodney Merrill taught English composition and comparative literature at Stanford and Berkeley. In addition to his translation of Homer's Odyssey, he is the author of "Chaucer's Broche of Thebes."


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