The Iliad single work   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 800 BCE 800 BCE
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Notes

  • Epic poem.
  • English translation of first line: Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus' son Achilleus

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 800 BCE
Language: Greek

Works about this Work

Tales from the Kingdom of Force Ben Coleridge , 2011 single work prose
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 25 March vol. 21 no. 5 2011;
Men and Gods Behaving Badly David Malouf , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , March vol. 4 no. 2 2009; (p. 3-4)
David Malouf draws comparisons between the war-torn world of Homer's The Iliad and the violence of the modern world.
Troy Revisited : Homer's Iliad and David Malouf's Ransom Peter Conrad , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 45 2009; (p. 48-53)
The proposition is a simple as the first verse of Genesis, and marginally more believable: in the beginning, Homer invented literature. He did so - if, that is, he was a single person - dualistically, in two poems that look ahead to different literary futures. The Iliad is our primordial epic, celebrating heroic violence and the glory of combat. The Odyssey, which begins when the war in Troy is over and follows its wily, wayward protagonist on his journey home to Ithaca, begets the alternative genre of romance, a form not end-stopped by death like the epic but open to accident and adventure, free to go on exploring indefinitely. Writers ever since have added footnotes to Homer, whether cynically summarising the Trojan War as a lecherous farce, like Shakespeare in Troilus and Cressida, or cramming Odyseus's decade-long tour of the Mediterranean into a single day in Dublin, as Joyce did in Ulyssses.
Priam Suspect Tom Holland , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 19 December 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Holland posits that 'it takes a special kind of foolhardiness to go head to head with Homer' and that Malouf's work disappoints as 'neither true enough to Homer, nor sufficiently untrue to him either'.
y The Beauty of the World Patricia Hooker , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1973 7952364 1973 single work radio play

A radio play about Helen of Troy.

Men and Gods Behaving Badly David Malouf , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , March vol. 4 no. 2 2009; (p. 3-4)
David Malouf draws comparisons between the war-torn world of Homer's The Iliad and the violence of the modern world.
Troy Revisited : Homer's Iliad and David Malouf's Ransom Peter Conrad , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 45 2009; (p. 48-53)
The proposition is a simple as the first verse of Genesis, and marginally more believable: in the beginning, Homer invented literature. He did so - if, that is, he was a single person - dualistically, in two poems that look ahead to different literary futures. The Iliad is our primordial epic, celebrating heroic violence and the glory of combat. The Odyssey, which begins when the war in Troy is over and follows its wily, wayward protagonist on his journey home to Ithaca, begets the alternative genre of romance, a form not end-stopped by death like the epic but open to accident and adventure, free to go on exploring indefinitely. Writers ever since have added footnotes to Homer, whether cynically summarising the Trojan War as a lecherous farce, like Shakespeare in Troilus and Cressida, or cramming Odyseus's decade-long tour of the Mediterranean into a single day in Dublin, as Joyce did in Ulyssses.
Priam Suspect Tom Holland , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 19 December 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Holland posits that 'it takes a special kind of foolhardiness to go head to head with Homer' and that Malouf's work disappoints as 'neither true enough to Homer, nor sufficiently untrue to him either'.
Tales from the Kingdom of Force Ben Coleridge , 2011 single work prose
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 25 March vol. 21 no. 5 2011;
y The Beauty of the World Patricia Hooker , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1973 7952364 1973 single work radio play

A radio play about Helen of Troy.

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