The Iliad

The Iliad

by Gareth Hinds


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In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer’s classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer's epic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763681135
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 227,109
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gareth Hinds is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novels The Odyssey, Poe, Beowulf, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and King Lear. He lives near Washington, D.C.

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The Iliad 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
inkstainsanddust 7 months ago
The incredible Gareth Hinds has designed this truly excellent and accessible graphic novel of The Iliad of Homer. As a Classics graduate student working on my dissertation, I can say that this version of the Iliad is both unique as well as true to the original. Having read several translations and the original Greek, I can state with certainty that this version offers a truly wonderful Iliad experience for anyone interested in classics and the Trojan war. It provides guides on major characters, visual representations of the battles and camps, and demonstrates a unique visual perspective on the war that is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing for any level of reader. I would provide the caveat that the material of the Iliad is highly graphic so I would not recommend this book for children. However, I can say with all honesty I wish I had had this version when I was reading the Iliad for the first time. While I still prefer my Richmond Lattimore translation, this stunning addition to the many translations of Homer’s work deserves kudos (κυδος) for being a truly excellent representation of the Iliad that I can see benefitting and enriching the Classics community for years to come. I can not recommend it enough. I was provided an eARC at no charge by @netgalley for my honest review.
JillJemmett 11 months ago
I studied the Iliad years ago, in university. I love Greek mythology so I was excited to read this graphic novel adaptation. At the beginning of this book, there is a legend for the characters. There are many men who are all from the same part of the world, so they look similar. Each man is drawn with a distinctive helmet and shield to differentiate between them. Each of the gods were illustrated in a different colour, so they were distinct too. This was especially helpful when they took the form of a human, so that person glowed in the god’s colour. There were many historical notes and notes about the text at the end of the book. This graphic novel would be a great accompaniment to the text of the Iliad because it illustrates the events. The text can be difficult to get through, so this graphic novel can make it easier to understand. This is a great graphic novel! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Eshana Ranasinghe 12 months ago
This was really enjoyable and a fun way to read the Iliad without actually reading the Iliad. I was pleasantly surprised how much they chose to include from the original text, like how involved the gods were. It sticks very closely to the original story so as an adaptation it is very well done. The art was nice, I liked the decision to have it done in water colors and while it never turned away from showing violence inherent in an epic war story it was never too much or gory. The emotions and themes were captured in the art but sometimes the faces got a bit...unsettling (think hyper realistic wax sculptures) I wish the art was a bit more stylized. Hinds managed to capture the grandeur of the Iliad which is a great accomplishment. I highly recommend if you enjoy the Iliad and want to experience it in a more visual form or if you were interested in the Iliad (but like me) was not interested in reading 600+ pages of war. I received an arc in exchange for an honest review on Netgalley. This did not impact my review