Homer: The Iliad (unabridged)

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Homer: The Iliad (unabridged)

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31st July 2006




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Homer: The Iliad (unabridged)

Read by Anton Lesser

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Perhaps the greatest poem 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. Anton Lesser, one of Britain’s finest audiobook stars, brings this great classic to life in the new and imaginative translation by Ian Johnston.

The Iliad, Book 1: The Quarrel by the Ships

‘Sing, Goddess, sing of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus...’

‘Encouraged, the wise prophet then declared:’

‘Glittery-eyed Athene then spoke in reply:’

‘Thus the pair of them continued arguing.’

‘Thetis, shedding tears, answered her son, Achilles:’

‘Thetis finished. Cloud gatherer Zeus did not respond.’

The Iliad, Book 2: Agamemnon's Dream and The Catalogue of Ships

‘Gods and warriors slept through the entire night.’

‘So Nestor spoke. Then he began to make his way back...’

‘So Athene spoke. Odysseus knew her from her voice...’

‘Son of Atreus, now the Achaeans wish to disgrace you...’

‘Mighty Agamemnon then answered Nestor:’

‘Just as goatherds sort out with ease the wandering beasts...’

‘From Salamis Ajax commanded twelve ships.’

‘Among these warriors, as they armed themselves...’

‘Troops from Phylace, flowering Pyrasus, shrine of Demeter...’

‘Men rushed to arm themselves. They opened up the gates.’

The Iliad, Book 3: Paris, Menelaus and Helen

‘Once troops had formed in ranks under their own leaders...’

‘Achaeans and Trojans were elated, full of hope...’

‘Priam, the old man, saw a third figure, Ajax, and asked:’

‘Hear me, you Trojans, you well-armed Achaeans.’

‘Then Aphrodite went to summon Helen.’

The Iliad, Book 4: The Armies Clash

‘The gods all sat assembled in the golden courtyard...’

‘Athena spoke and thus swayed his foolish wits.’

‘At Talthybius’ words Machaon’s spirits were stirred up...’

‘To these words Geranian horseman Nestor said:’

‘As for the Trojans, they were like thousands of ewes...’

‘Antilochus was the first to kill a man...’

The Iliad, Book 5: Diomedes Goes to Battle

‘Then Pallas Athene gave Diomedes, son of Tydeus...’

‘But his sharp arrow hadn’t killed Diomedes...’

‘Aeneas, leader of the Trojans, then replied:’

‘Meanwhile, Sthenelus, son of Capaneus, did not forget...’

‘When they spoke, the father of gods and men smiled...’

‘Agamemnon spoke, then quickly hurled his spear.’

‘Yes, Tlepolemus, Hercules did destroy sacred Ilion...’

‘Meanwhile, Aphrodite and Apollo, with his silver bow...’

‘Father Zeus, aren’t you incensed at this barbarity?’

The Iliad, Book 6: Hector & Andromache

‘Now the grim war between Trojans and Achaeans...’

‘Hector was convinced by his advice.’

‘Diomedes, skilled at war cries, rejoiced.’

‘Great Hector of the shining helmet then replied:’

‘Great Hector of the shining helmet answered Helen:’

‘With these words, glorious Hector stretched his hands out...’

The Iliad, Book 7: Hector & Ajax

‘After glorious Hector had talked with Paris...’

‘Lord Menelaus, have you lost your mind?’

‘Even in Hector’s chest the heart beat rapidly.’

‘Wide-ruling Agamemnon, heroic son of Atreus...’

‘He came, stood in their midst, and delivered his report.’

The Iliad, Book 8: The Trojans Have Success

‘As Dawn first spread her yellow robe across the earth...

‘Diomedes’ words missed godlike, firm Odysseus...’

‘Mighty Earthshaker Poseidon, very angry, answered Hera:’

‘Mighty son of Atreus, why urge me on?’

‘White-armed Hera agreed with her.’

‘Now the sun’s bright light sank down into the ocean...’

The Iliad, Book 9: Peace Offerings to Achilles

‘Meanwhile, as the Trojans maintained their careful watch...’

‘Mighty son of Atreus, Agamemnon, king of men...’

‘With these words, lord Achilles conducted them inside his hut...’

‘Swift-footed Achilles then answered Odysseus:’

‘Glorious Achilles, if your mind is really set on going back...’

‘I recall an old tale from long ago.’

‘Swift-footed Achilles then said in reply:’

The Iliad, Book 10: A Night Raid

‘By their ships, Achaea’s most important leaders...’

‘Geranian horseman Nestor then said in reply:’

‘Then Diomedes, expert in war cries, spoke up:’

‘Hector spoke. He’d sworn an empty oath...’

‘Mighty Diomedes scowled at Dolon and said:’

‘When the pair came to where they’d slaughtered Hector’s spy...’

The Iliad, Book 11: The Achaeans Face Disaster

‘As Dawn rose from her bed beside lord Tithonus...’

‘The first to kill a man was Agamemnon.’

‘Wind-swift Iris obeyed, going down from Ida to sacred Ilion.’

‘Who were the first, who were the last men slaughtered...?’

‘Famous spearman Odysseus came up and made a stand...’

‘Hector did not notice Ajax, for he was fighting...’

‘Swift-footed Achilles then said in reply:’

‘Now, there’s a certain city Thryoessa...’

‘Later, when we’d had our fill of food and drink...’

The Iliad, Book 12: The Fight at the Barricade

‘Thus, as Patroclus, Menoetius’ fine son, looked after...’

‘Other Trojans and their famous allies followed...’

‘Hector with his gleaming helmet scowled and said:’

‘Menestheus finished. Thoötes heard him and obeyed.’

The Iliad, Book 13: The Trojans Attack the Ships

‘Thus Zeus brought Hector and the Trojans to the ships.’

‘Shame on you Argives, nothing but young boys!’

‘At that point, Poseidon, angry...’

‘Like swift Ares, Meriones led the way...’

‘Idomeneus did not relent his fighting frenzy.’

‘The close fighting over Ascalaphus continued.’

‘Peisander doubled up and then collapsed.’

‘The arrows drained the Trojans’ fighting spirit.’

The Iliad, Book 14: Zeus Deceived

‘As Nestor sat drinking wine, listening to the noise of war...’

‘Agamemnon, king of men, replied:’

‘As this was happening, on a peak of mount Olympus...’

‘Ox-eyed queen Hera then answered him:’

‘Sweet Sleep rushed to the Achaean ships, to inform Poseidon...’

‘Ajax shouted this, knowing very well the man he’d killed.’

The Iliad, Book 15: The Battle at the Ships

‘Trojans, in full retreat, passed the wall and ditch...’

‘Striking his sturdy thighs with the flat of his hands...’

‘Cloud-gatherer Zeus then spoke to Apollo:’

‘But when Apollo stared directly at the swift Danaans...’

‘Hector threw his bright spear at Ajax, but missed.’

‘Apollo would not let Panthoös’ son be killed...’

‘But Hector killed only one man – Periphetes of Mycenae...’

The Iliad, Book 16: Patroclus Fights & Dies

‘While the men kept on fighting at the well-decked ships...’

‘As these two were talking on like this together...’

‘Achilles had brought fifty ships to Troy...’

‘The armed warriors who went with brave Patroclus...’

‘Idomeneus’ pitiless bronze then struck Erymas...’

‘Ox-eyed queen Hera then replied to Zeus:’

‘Glaucus finished. Trojans were completely overwhelmed...’

‘As Zeus pondered, he thought the best plan would be...’

‘This said, Patroclus rushed at warrior Cebriones...’

The Iliad, Book 17: The Fight Over Patroclus

‘In that battle, warlike Menelaus, son of Atreus...’

‘As Menelaus thought these matters over in his mind and heart...’

‘The son of Cronos spoke, then nodded his dark brow.’

‘Right then war-loving Achaeans would have driven...’

‘Men talked like this to strengthen their companions.’

‘Saying this, Automedon hefted his long-shadowed spear...’

‘Menelaus, expert in war shouts, answered her:’

‘Menelaus finished speaking.’

The Iliad, Book 18: The Arms of Achilles

‘As the men fought on like a blazing fire raging...’

‘Through her tears, Thetis then answered Achilles:’

‘With these words, swift-footed Iris went away.’

‘Hector spoke. The Trojans roared out in response.’

‘Huge god Hephaestus got up from the anvil block...’

‘Then the people gathered in the assembly...’

The Iliad, Book 19: Achilles & Agamemnon

‘When Dawn in her yellow robe rose from Ocean’s stream...’

‘My friends, Danaan warriors, companions of the war god Ares...’

‘Agamemnon, king of men, answered Odysseus:’

‘Saying this, Achilles quickly ended the assembly.’

‘Achaeans then came swarming out from their fast ships.’

The Iliad, Book 20: Achilles Returns to Battle

‘Then, son of Peleus, Achaeans armed themselves...’

‘Apollo, son of Zeus, then said to Aeneas:’

‘Aeneas then said in response:’

‘Ox-eyed queen Hera then said to Poseidon:’

‘When Hector saw his brother Polydorus there...’

The Iliad, Book 21: Achilles Fights the River

‘When the Trojans reached the ford across the Xanthus...’

‘Achilles finished. Then Lycaon’s knees gave way...’

‘Saying this, he pulled his bronze spear from the river bank.’

‘With these words, the two gods went away.’

‘White-armed goddess Hera, as soon as she’d heard this...’

‘With these words, Hera caught both arms of Artemis...’

‘Still in a rage, Achilles chased them with his spear...’

The Iliad, Book 22: The Death of Hector

‘At this point, the Trojans, having fled like deer...’

‘As the old man spoke, his hands tugged his grey hair...’

‘That’s what Hector thought as he stood there waiting.’

‘Then Hector of the shining helmet answered her:’

‘Hector finished speaking. He pulled out his sharp sword...’

‘Achilles finished. Then on noble Hector’s corpse...’

‘When she recovered and her spirit had returned to her...’

The Iliad, Book 23: The Funeral Games for Patroclus

‘Meanwhile, as Trojans were lamenting in the city...’

‘Swift-footed Achilles then said in reply:’

‘After saying this, Iris left.’

‘Antilochus, you may still be quite young...’

‘Behind him came Atreus’ son, fair-haired Menelaus.’

‘As Achilles spoke, Tydeus’ son came charging in...’

‘Saying this, Menelaus gave the mare to Noëmon...’

‘For the Danaans, Peleus’ son then set out a display...

‘Antilochus finished speaking.’

‘Achilles finished speaking.’

The Iliad, Book 24: Achilles & Priam

‘Once the funeral gathering broke up, the men dispersed...

‘Silver-footed Thetis then said in reply:’

‘My lady, a messenger has come to me from Zeus...’

‘Priam finished.’

‘Hermes the Guide, killer of Argus, hearing Zeus...’

‘With these words, Hermes jumped up in the chariot...’

‘Priam finished. His words roused in Achilles a desire...’

‘Godlike Achilles spoke, then went back once more...’

‘Hermes spoke. At his words, the old man grew afraid.’

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