The Iliad (Penguin Clothbound Classics)
|Author:||Homer; Coralie Bickford-smith (Illustrator); E. V. Rieu (Translator); Peter Jones (Revised by); D. C. H. Rieu (Revised by)|
|Series:||Penguin Clothbound Classics Ser.|
Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey are attributed. The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived. E. V. Rieu initiated Penguin Classics with Allen Lane and his famous translation of the Odyssey was the first book published in the series in 1947. The Iliad followed in 1950.