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


Disc 2

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


Disc 3

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


Disc 4

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

Total Playing Time: 05:09:31






Author(s):
Homer

Reader(s):
Lesser, Anton

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Poetry

Catalogue No: NA445812

Barcode: 9789626344583

Release Date: 09/2007

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