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The greatest literary landmark of antiquity, masterfully portrayed by our generation’s most acclaimed translator.
When Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey was published in 2017, it revealed the ancient poem in a contemporary idiom that was “fresh, unpretentious, and lean” (Madeline Miller, Washington Post), critics hailed it as “a revelation” (Susan Chira, New York Times) and “a cultural landmark” (Charlotte Higgins, Guardian) that would forever change how Homer is read in English. Wilson has now returned with an equally startling translation of Homer’s second great epic, the world’s most beloved battle poetry.
The clatter of arms, the shouting boasts of winners, the rage and sadness of loss, and the agonized cries of dying men fill the pages of the Iliad. It also speaks of the world’s immense immensity, the fierce beauty of nature, and the gods’ huge schemes beyond mortal comprehension. This exhilarating, mystical, and often horrific tale now gallops at a pace befitting its legendary war scenes, in snappy yet evocative language that captures the poem’s deep melancholy and unveils palpably real, even “complicated,” figures, both human and divine, in Wilson’s hands.
Wilson’s Iliad, the result of a decade of rigorous engagement with antiquity’s most surpassingly beautiful and emotionally complex poetry, finally provides us with a full Homer for our generation.