Sappho’s complete surviving oeuvre is translated faithfully for the first time, by poet and renowned scholar Anne Carson, in this exquisite new Folio Society letterpress edition.
Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
Introduced by Bernard Knox
Translated by Robert Fagles
Homer’s epic poem relating a bloody clash of powers transcends the centuries in the hands of translator Robert Fagles, and is transformed into an exceptional collector’s edition by Folio.
As palaces are set ablaze, swords clash and lives are lost, it is impossible not to be moved by Homer’ 2,500-year-old descriptions of battle. In fact, never has the all-consuming power of war been more forcefully conveyed than in his spine-chilling epic, The Iliad.
Presented in a beautiful, quarter-bound buckram binding, this renowned translation by Robert Fagles is eloquent and accessible, drawing new readers and those familiar with the text into the heart of the ferocious ten-year war. As befits the era, Grahame Baker-Smith’s illustrations play with mythological allusion, while Bernard Knox discusses the Homeric tragedy and the nuances of this translation in an introduction that ensures this edition should be on every collector’s shelf.
Quarter-bound in blocked buckram with printed cloth sides
Set in Monotype Centaur
Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations
Printed map endpapers
10˝ x 6 ¾˝
The spark that ignited unprecedented bloodshed
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed, Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles
The spark that ignites the Greeks’ legendary struggle to take golden Troy is the abduction of the beautiful Helen by Paris, son of King Priam. However, it is a single episode in the siege’s tenth and final year, the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles, which Homer takes as the thread that binds the ensuing tragedy. Admist the violence, Homer’s characters, whether gods or men, are presented with subtle realism, revealing that the passions and problems that beset humanity are both timeless and universal.
Composed in the late 8th or early 7th century BC, the original Greek work extends to over 15,000 lines. The sheer scale of the text points to the theory that the complete poem resulted from the collation of oral performances of sections of the work. Once gathered together, these would have eventually been written down, as Greeks began to record literature on papyrus. Few early records of the poem remain, and yet its literary power ensured it was preserved in written form over the centuries. Today, it still resonates with universal human truths: the propensity for love and suffering; the endless struggle between war and peace; and the inevitability of death: all Western literature can be traced back to this epic poem.
‘When a hand reached down to mine, across 3,000 years, and I felt its reassuringly human touch. It can bring tears to your eyes’
- The Guardian
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