Translated by Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Lulu.com (December 5, 2005)
The battle scenes were brutal. The “gods” who manipulated people and battle outcomes were humorous. I am definitely glad I used Librivox for this one.
Synopsis by Wikipedia:
As the poem begins, the Greeks have captured Chryséis, the daughter of Apollo’s priest Chryses, and given her as a prize to Agamemnon. In response, Apollo has sent a plague against the Greeks, who compel Agamemnon to restore Chryséis to her father to stop the sickness. In her place, Agamemnon takes Briséis, whom the Achaeans had given to Achilles as a spoil of war. Achilles, the greatest warrior of the age, follows the advice of his goddess mother, Thetis, and withdraws from battle in revenge.
In counterpoint to Achilles’ pride and arrogance stands the Trojan prince Hector, son of King Priam, a husband and father who fights to defend his city and his family. With Achilles on the sidelines, Hector leads successful counterattacks against the Greeks, who have built a fortified camp around their ships pulled up on the Trojan beach. The best remaining Greek fighters, including Odysseus and Diomedes, are wounded, and the gods favor the Trojans. Patroclus, impersonating Achilles by wearing his armor, finally leads the Myrmidons back into battle to save the ships from being burned. The death of Patroclus at the hands of Hector brings Achilles back to the war for revenge, and he slays Hector in single combat. Hector’s father, King Priam, later comes to Achilles alone (but aided by Hermes) to ransom his son’s body, and Achilles is moved to pity; the funeral of Hector ends the poem.: <from Wikipedia>