'The first great book, and the first great book about the suffering and loss of war'
One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, who refuses to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon.
But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - knowing this will ensure his own early death.
E. V. Rieu's acclaimed translation of The Iliad was one of the first titles published in Penguin Classics, and now has classic status itself.
Originally translated by E. V. RIEU Revised and updated by PETER JONES with D. C. H. RIEU
Edited with an Introduction and notes by PETER JONES