Homer Samuel Butler
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The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature. Attributed to Homer in the 8th century BC, it tells the heroic story of the siege of Troy and Achilles' mission for revenge against King Agamemnon.
This illustrated collector's edition, presented in a handsome slipcase, is bound in faux-cloth with foil stamping. It provides a prose translation by the classical scholar and novelist Samuel Butler, considered by many to one of the finest English writers of the late Victorian era. His 1898 translation is one of the most accessible and satisfying.
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Homer is reputed to be the author of both the Odyssey and its prequel, the Iliad. Although no biographical details have been discovered, he is believed to have been an historical figure whose poems were transmitted in song, following the Ancient Greek oral tradition.
Samuel Butler (1935-1902) was an English writer and translator, best known for his novels Erewhon and Way of the Flesh as well as his highly accessible prose translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.