Iliad (The Classics)

by Rosemary Sutcliff

Hardcover, 2014



Local notes

938 Hom





Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (2014), Edition: Revised Edition, 136 pages


Retells the story of the Trojan War, from the quarrel for the golden apple, and the flight of Helen with Paris, to the destruction of Troy.



Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

136 p.; 9.75 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member robin4now
This is a well written version of Homer's Iliad that provides a bit of background to the story which makes it easier for first time readers to understand. The illustrations are wonderful and an integral part of the story.

I read this story aloud to 6th graders each year. Each student chooses one of
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the characters in the story to be and we frequently pause to comment on the behavior each student's character is displaying! Its a fun and interesting way to introduce students to one of the world's greatest stories.
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LibraryThing member KidSisyphus
The verdict of a seven-year-old:

"There's too much killing! They shouldn't have done that over one stupid woman! They should've just talked things out!"
LibraryThing member SugarPlumFairy
Black Ships Before Troy is a must-read adaptation of the Iliad for elementary-aged children. The illustrations are captivating and realistic. The prose makes the story accessible for children while not completely sacrificing the high poetic language of the original. My husband read this book aloud
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to our son when he was in first grade, and it was his favorite of the year.
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LibraryThing member jmoncton
Wonderful children's version of The Iliad. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts...
LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Homer's Iliad adapted for young readers. When Paris of Troy steals Helen away from her husband King Menelaus, Menelaus and his Greek allies declare war on Troy to get Helen back. The war lasts 9 years, with key heroes rising to the occasion before getting killed off. Then Odysseus comes up with the
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idea of building a wooden horse and hiding Greek soldiers in it and bringing it into Troy as an offering for the goddess Athene. Never knew "The Iliad" was so violent, what with characters being speared, dragged, poisoned, stabbed!
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LibraryThing member alanteder
Excellent Iliad 101
Review of the paperback of Rosemary Sutcliff's (1920-1992) posthumous 1993 text-only original.

Newcomers to Homer's Iliad will likely be surprised to read that it begins with Achilles' quarrelling with Agamemnon and ends with Hector's funeral i.e. all sorts of iconic mythological
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fiction tropes such as the Achilles Heel and the Trojan Horse do not appear in it at all.

Rosemary Sutcliff combines all of the major sources from Greek Myths and the Aeniad with Homer's story to provide an excellent complete distillation of the Iliad story in a very readable young adult fiction edition here. It will hopefully be an excellent introduction that will encourage interested readers to further explore the original sources of a timeless epic of love and war.
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LibraryThing member themulhern
Like all the other Rosemary Sutcliff books; has a bit of a Celtic feel. The illustrations by Alan Lee have that fantasy tinge. Odysseus wears a boar's tooth helmet, one learns to look for him.




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