The lliad and The Odyssey

The Iliad and The Odyssey


Translated by Robert Fagles
Introduced by Bernard Knox
Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

‘When a hand reached down to mine, across 3,000 years, and I felt its reassuringly human touch. It can bring tears to your eyes.’

Two of the greatest stories ever written, published in stunning Folio editions that pair Robert Fagles’ renowned translation with the illustrations of Grahame Baker-Smith.

Fagles’ focus on contemporary English phrasing and idioms results in an eloquent and engrossing prose that will appeal to those familiar with Homer as well as to new readers. There is mythological allusion in Grahame Baker-Smith’s thoughtful illustrations, while the tragedy and the nuances of the tales are discussed by classicist Bernard Knox in introductions that ensure these editions should be on every collector’s shelf.

the odyssey After the Trojan War, Odysseus, the king of the island of Ithaca, sets sail for home, where his wife Penelope and young son Telemachus await him. But with the god Poseidon keeping a hostile eye on him, Odysseus’s journey is fraught with perils. For ten years he struggles against new enemies and adversities, storm and shipwreck. When he finally reaches home disguised as a beggar, it is to face more treachery.

the iliad The abduction of the beautiful Helen by Paris, son of King Priam, is the spark that ignites the Greeks’ legendary struggle to take golden Troy. However, it is a single episode in the siege’s tenth and final year, the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles, which Homer takes as the thread that binds the ensuing tragedy. Yet, while The Iliad accepts violence as an indelible part of life, Homer’s characters, whether gods or men, are presented with subtle realism, revealing the passions and problems that beset humanity as both timeless and universal.

Product information
Quarter-bound in blocked buckram with printed cloth sides. Set in Monotype Centaur. Printed map endpapers. Blocked slipcase. Printed endpapers. 10˝ x 6¾˝
The Odyssey: 592 pages. 7 full-page colour illustrations.
The Iliad: 688 pages. 8 full-page colour illustrations.

UK £49.95 US $49.95 Can $99.95 Aus $110.00


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