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The Iliad

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One the earliest and greatest epic poems of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of fifty critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word. While the heroes fight before the walls of Troy the gods have also drawn up battle lines, and it is their disagreements as much as the heroes’ efforts which will decide the conflict. Despite the poem’s antiquity, the very real, human qualities of the protagonists and their dilemmas make The Iliad immediately accessible, especially in the hands of a master story-teller such as Anton Lesser. The Iliad was composed in the eighth century B. C. almost certainly as an oral composition incorporating a number of different stories from a rich poetic tradition of works now lost to us. The identity of Homer has been fiercely but inconclusively debated since ancient times. The Greeks believed he was a single person, and various cities competed for the honour of naming him a citizen. However, nothing reliable is known about him, although some traditions insist that he was blind. The poem was originally designed for recitation on important occasions by a professional bard, at least until the sixth century B. C. when, according to Greek traditions, the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus had the poem written down and codified in a form similar to the work we know today.

One the earliest and greatest epic poems of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of fifty critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word. While the heroes fight before the walls of Troy the gods have also drawn up battle lines, and it is their disagreements as much as the heroes’ efforts which will decide the conflict. Despite the poem’s antiquity, the very real, human qualities of the protagonists and their dilemmas make The Iliad immediately accessible, especially in the hands of a master story-teller such as Anton Lesser. The Iliad was composed in the eighth century B. C. almost certainly as an oral composition incorporating a number of different stories from a rich poetic tradition of works now lost to us. The identity of Homer has been fiercely but inconclusively debated since ancient times. The Greeks believed he was a single person, and various cities competed for the honour of naming him a citizen. However, nothing reliable is known about him, although some traditions insist that he was blind. The poem was originally designed for recitation on important occasions by a professional bard, at least until the sixth century B. C. when, according to Greek traditions, the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus had the poem written down and codified in a form similar to the work we know today.
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One the earliest and greatest epic poems of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of fifty critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word. While the heroes fight before the walls of Troy the gods have also drawn up battle lines, and it is their disagreements as much as the heroes’ efforts which will decide the conflict. Despite the poem’s antiquity, the very real, human qualities of the protagonists and their dilemmas make The Iliad immediately accessible, especially in the hands of a master story-teller such as Anton Lesser. The Iliad was composed in the eighth century B. C. almost certainly as an oral composition incorporating a number of different stories from a rich poetic tradition of works now lost to us. The identity of Homer has been fiercely but inconclusively debated since ancient times. The Greeks believed he was a single person, and various cities competed for the honour of naming him a citizen. However, nothing reliable is known about him, although some traditions insist that he was blind. The poem was originally designed for recitation on important occasions by a professional bard, at least until the sixth century B. C. when, according to Greek traditions, the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus had the poem written down and codified in a form similar to the work we know today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anton Lesser

Length:

5h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:59