The purpose of this book is educational. I have read, studied and taught Homer’s "Iliad," and I wish to pass on what I have learned to other people who are interested in studying Homer’s "Iliad." In particular, I think that the readers of this introduction to Homer’s Iliad will be bright high school seniors and college first-year students, as well as intelligent adults who simply wish to study the "Iliad" despite not being literature majors.
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This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Homer, background information, and the "Iliad." This book goes through the Iliad book by book. I recommend that you read the relevant section of the "Iliad," then read my comments, then go back and re-read the relevant section of the "Iliad." However, do what works for you.
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250 Anecdotes About Religion: Volume 2
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The Most Interesting People Who Live Life, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes
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