If Homer's Oddysey is, as many have maintained, "the world's greatest adventure story," then the Iliad can justly be called "the world's greatest war novel." The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, and the heroism and treachery of the combatants have been unmatched in song and story.
W.H.D. Rouse, whose "plain English" translation of the Odyssey is available in a companion Signet Classic edition, has applied the same principles of translation to the Iliad. It is colloquial as Homer was colloquial, never pedantic, high-flown, or cliche-ridden. It is the nearest contemporary English equivalent to the epic Homer's audience heard at their banquets.
ISBN: 0451527372 or 0451530691