The iliad

, Homer, Homer


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“Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's Iliad is an excellent follow up to her translation of the Odyssey (2017). Her command of Ancient Greek means that her translation is both accurate to the wording of the original text as well as conveying the sense of the text in a way that resonates with English-speaking readers, and this is especially clear in her translation of dialogue, where the characters are the most vividly portrayed.”
The Iliad
Review by Hattie Williams

The greatest literary landmark of classical antiquity masterfully rendered by the most celebrated translator of our time

ISBN: 9781324001805 Category:


When Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey appeared in 2017-revealing the ancient poem in a contemporary idiom that “combines intellectual authority with addictive readability” (Edith Hall, The Sunday Telegraph)-critics lauded it as “a revelation” (Susan Chira, The New York Times) and “a cultural landmark” (Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian) that would forever change how Homer is read in English. Now Wilson has returned with an equally revelatory translation of the first great Homeric epic: The Iliad.

In Wilson’s hands, this exciting and often horrifying work now gallops at a pace befitting its battle scenes, roaring with the clamour of arms, the bellowing boasts of victors and the anguished cries of dying men. Wilson’s unadorned but resonant language plumbs the poem’s profound pathos and reveals its characters as palpably real, even “complicated”, human beings. Capping a decade of intense engagement with Homer’s poetry, Wilson’s Iliad now gives us a complete Homer for our generation.

Additional information

Weight 1.161 kg
Dimensions 24.4 × 16.3 × 4.3 cm












883.01 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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