The Iliad (Pope Translation)


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(5 stars; 6 reviews)

Homer’s Iliad is the first great work of Western literature. Composed in twenty-four books of Greek hexameter poetry, it portrays the events of the last year of the Trojan War. Its translation into rhyming couplets by Alexander Pope is considered by some the greatest act of translation in English. Its power sweeps the reader along through an epic tale that begins with the wrath of Achilles and ends with the burial of Hector, breaker of horses. (Introduction by Steve Perkins) (19 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Introduction 1:01:41 Read by Steven R. Perkins
Pope's Preface 52:10 Read by Steven R. Perkins
Book 1 44:43 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 2 Part 1 34:38 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 2 Part 2 26:45 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 3 33:22 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 4 34:57 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 5 59:59 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 6 38:00 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 7 34:29 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 8 40:04 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 9 46:40 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 10 37:45 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 11 53:59 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 12 32:07 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 13 56:21 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 14 33:48 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 15 49:54 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 16 57:13 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 17 45:07 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 18 37:39 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 19 25:41 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 20 31:27 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 21 38:12 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 22 36:59 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 23 53:10 Read by Jan Moorehouse
Book 24 51:23 Read by Jan Moorehouse
End Note 3:02 Read by Jan Moorehouse

Reviews

AMAZING

(5 stars)

I have not read this work in years, but my opinion has not changed--this is the greatest translation of any work into any language ever done. While I am sure that Homer (and any other minstrel) used more dramatic intonations, this reading by Jan Moorehouse is the more enjoyable to the listener. Thank you, Jan.