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HOMER: Iliad (The) (Abridged)


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HOMER: Iliad (The) (Abridged)

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 BC 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 BC 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.

Disc 1

  The Iliad
1.   BOOK 1: The Quarrel at the Ships 00:06:06
2.   So he spoke and sat back down. 00:06:08
3.   Glittery - eyed Athena then spoke in reply … 00:07:13
4.   Achilles then, in tears, withdrew from his companions … 00:07:22
5.   BOOK 2: Agamemnon's Dream 00:06:05
6.   Mighty Agamemnon then answered Nestor … 00:06:21
7.   BOOK 3: Paris and Helen 00:05:43
8.   Then Helen, goddess among women, said to Priam … 00:06:09
9.   Then Aphrodite went to summon Helen … 00:05:43
10.   BOOK 4: The Armies Clash 00:06:24
11.   When Agamemnon saw dark blood flowing from the wound … 00:07:39
12.   BOOK 5: The Battle Continues 00:05:26
13.   BOOK 6: Hector and Andromache 00:02:30

Disc 2

  The Iliad
1.   Great Hector of the shining helmet answered her … 00:04:48
2.   BOOK 7: A Truce to Bury the Dead 00:07:56
3.   BOOK 8: The Trojans have Success 00:05:34
4.   BOOK 9: Peace Offerings to Achilles 00:05:53
5.   Geranian Horseman Nestor then said in reply … 00:05:12
6.   Swift - footed Achilles then answered Odysseus … 00:07:24
7.   After a pause, old horseman Phoenix spoke … 00:08:28
8.   BOOK 11: The Achaeans face Disaster 00:06:24
9.   Swift - footed Achilles looking on noticed Nestor … 00:05:18
10.   BOOK 12: The Fight at the Barricade 00:07:09
11.   BOOK 13: The Trojans Attack the Ships 00:07:15
12.   BOOK 14: The Wounded Leaders Rally the Troops 00:08:08

Disc 3

  The Iliad
1.   BOOK 15: The Battle at the Ships 00:06:55
2.   BOOK 16: Patroclus Fights and Dies 00:06:14
3.   At that moment, Achilles, slapping his thighs … 00:06:04
4.   When Patroclus had cut the Trojan's front ranks off … 00:06:15
5.   BOOK 17: The Fight over Patroclus 00:06:32
6.   BOOK 18: The Arms of Achilles 00:06:16
7.   As Thetis' feet carried her towards Olympus … 00:07:33
8.   Meanwhile silver - footed Thetis reached Hephaestus' home … 00:06:03
9.   On that shield Hephaestus next set a soft and fallow field … 00:05:30
10.   BOOK 19: Achilles Arms for Battle 00:07:56
11.   BOOK 20: Achilles Returns to Battle 00:05:44
12.   BOOK 21: Achilles at the River 00:06:37

Disc 4

  The Iliad
1.   Achilles finished. Then Lycaon's knees gave way … 00:03:36
2.   BOOK 22: The Death of Hector 00:06:41
3.   That's what Hector thought as he stood there waiting. 00:06:09
4.   Goddess Athena with her glittering eyes replied … 00:05:03
5.   Achilles attacked as well, heart full of savage anger … 00:05:46
6.   BOOK 23: The Funeral of Patroclus 00:06:45
7.   BOOK 24: Achilles and Priam 00:05:42
8.   Silver - footed Thetis did not disagree with Zeus … 00:06:13
9.   The old man, in a hurry, climbed in his chariot … 00:05:55
10.   With these words, Hermes went on his way … 00:06:23
11.   Old godlike Priam then answered Achilles … 00:06:27
12.   Meanwhile, other goods and warrior charioteers … 00:04:56
13.   Andromache said this in tears … 00:03:58

Total Playing Time: 05:09:31


Lesser, Anton

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Poetry

Catalogue No: NA445812

Barcode: 9789626344583

Physical Release: 09/2007

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