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View Poll Results: Is it dorky to read Homer's Iliad before watching Troy?
Yes. Why on earth would you, you big nerd!? 2 5.88%
Yes. But I want to anyway. 7 20.59%
No. But why on earth would you want to? 11 32.35%
No. I want to, so it must not be. 13 38.24%
Other (please explain below) 1 2.94%
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:09 AM   #1
 
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Default Is it dorky to re-read the Iliad before watching Troy?

Anyone else planning on reading this soon?
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I actually bought a copy last November on Ebay. This was during my OB.com phase. I took it on the plane ride to Florida but I just couldn't get into it. I read the Odyssey in college. It was OK. I may need to get a new copy of the Iliad. I specifically recall Dr. McGuire saying the Richmond Lattimore translations are the best. The one I bought on Ebay was listed as a Lattimore but it is not a Lattimore... GRRR!

Don't forget that the movie is also based in part on Virgil's Aeneid (sp?)

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a). Yes
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Old 05-05-2004, 02:40 AM   #3
 
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I agree with WavyinCali- you'd have to read the Aenead, as the film is very loosely based on this epic as well. In fact, going back in the mists of time to my Greek Classics classes, I'm pretty sure the trojan horse didn't appear in The Iliad? Can anyone correct/confirm this?

I voted other, because I had to read the Aenead at college, and I don't see why anyone else should get away with it!
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I'm reading it this summer. Barnes & Noble The Iliad and The Odyssey bound together and I'm planning on buying it and reading it when I'm on vacation.
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I might have to pick up that joint Iliad/Odyssey.
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I read Iliad, Aenead and Odyssey freshman year of high school. I was WAY too young to appreciate any of them at the time. Maybe I'll just re-read all three.
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I read Iliad, Aenead and Odyssey freshman year of high school. I was WAY too young to appreciate any of them at the time. Maybe I'll just re-read all three.
Same here!
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no way is that dorky! i'll have to thank you for reminding me to brush up on my cliff's notes!
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I don't think it's dorky. But then again I read Lord of the rings before the movies came out also, so my dork meter might be a little tilted.
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Should I say that I think it is dorky, but want to anyway?

I embrace my nerdiness.
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I notice you said "re-read". The fact that you've read it once before is dorky in and of itself. Count me in among the dorks, though.

In order to be really dorky, you could read it in the original Greek.
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Hehehehe. Yay, some fellow geeks! ... *off to the Shakespeare class I'm taking voluntarily despite already having about 5 extra literature credits...*
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The Iliad is a great book!
and a great story!
If i had the time i would reread it.
Also if some of you are like me and are fascinated with Greek and Roman Mythology there is another book about the Trojan war that I highly recommend. It's called The Firebrand byt Marion Zimmer Bradley.
It's by the same author that did the Mists of Avalon, it tells the story from a woman's point of view. I found it very interesting to read and much easier than reading the Iliad (which I also read).
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lol...when The Passion came out, I staff-recommended The Bible and wrote on the card, "Now a hit film!" Everyone got a good laugh. People come into the store ALL THE TIME and act like a classic book didn't exist until the movie came out.

I'm going to do the same thing with The Iliad

I enjoyed The Iliad and also the Odyssey. Will have to check out the movie.

I'm the biggest dork in the world. Not ashamed of it either!
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What's this reading stuff? *gruffs**spits*adjusts belt**wipes mouth with forearm*

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I notice you said "re-read". The fact that you've read it once before is dorky in and of itself. Count me in among the dorks, though.

In order to be really dorky, you could read it in the original Greek.
I'm such a nerd/geek/dork/dweeb that I didn't even catch the re-read part. I think everyone has read it which makes me an über-dork! I even remember to use the umlauts in "über".
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I agree with WavyinCali- you'd have to read the Aenead, as the film is very loosely based on this epic as well. In fact, going back in the mists of time to my Greek Classics classes, I'm pretty sure the trojan horse didn't appear in The Iliad? Can anyone correct/confirm this?

I voted other, because I had to read the Aenead at college, and I don't see why anyone else should get away with it!
i would say that the trojan horse was in the Iliad as well as the Odyssey. Although i havent read these books recently, i would say that since the Iliad was the story of the Trojan war, the trojan horse would definitely be in there because that was a crucial part of the war. the trojans thought the greeks had surrendered and left the horse as a gift.... (the odyssey sorta recaps what occurred in the iliad as odysseus tells his stories of war to the king of the phoenicians - after he was rescued on the beach of phoenicia. ) i know im a major greek mythology nerd
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It probably is dorky, but I'm going to re-read it anyway. I'm truly curious about what the directors are going to make of Paris's character. Seeing that he's played by Orlando Bloom, who is enormously popular, I'm willing to bet they're going to make Paris more of a protagonistic character than he was in the actual Iliad. What do you guys think?
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See, the first time I read it I *had* to.


I'm probably more dorky for choosing to read Canterbury Tales in Middle English and being REALLY excited that my cousin's husband did his thesis on Chaucer so we can talk English when I see him! He actually is a fan of my Chaucer prof, who does recordings in Middle English.
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See, the first time I read it I *had* to.


I'm probably more dorky for choosing to read Canterbury Tales in Middle English and being REALLY excited that my cousin's husband did his thesis on Chaucer so we can talk English when I see him! He actually is a fan of my Chaucer prof, who does recordings in Middle English.
Tolkien would have liked you.

I read them in English and remember liking them. I think I even liked Beowulf. I just can't remember what either of them was about.
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