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AoM Book Club June ’14: The Iliad
Posted By Jeremy Anderberg On May 27, 2014 @ 5:03 pm In Book Club,Travel & Leisure | 20 Comments
Homer’s epic poems — The Iliad and The Odyssey — are the among the oldest works of Western literature. Written roughly in the 8th century B.C., The Iliad precedes the better known Odyssey. It tells the story of the Trojan War (specifically just a few weeks at the end of war, but you get a picture of the tenor of the entire conflict), and largely follows Achilles as he forms war strategies, battles infighting among the Achaeans, and takes on Hector and the Trojans.
I’ve read this book once, and can’t wait to read it again. It truly speaks to the nature of honor, glory, hubris, and the potential and pitfalls of masculinity. Just as Christians study the Bible for guidance on how to live, the ancient Greeks turned to The Iliad and The Odyssey for direction and moral instruction. Western writers for thousands of years have drawn on it for inspiration and cited it in their own works. Familiarizing yourself with this classic will both broaden your understanding of manhood and expand your cultural literacy.
The Illiad can be tough to get through, but a piece of advice I’ve heard that worked well for me was to basically do a “quick read” through the book as normal as you can, regardless of comprehension, and then go back and read closer later. You will have picked up more than you realized.
A few of you may be asking which translation to get, as there are hundreds out there. There are four that are generally recommended:
These won’t be the free version you find online, but are well worth it in terms of being able to understand the story and the language.
The first discussion will be posted on Monday, June 16th and will cover the first 14 “books.” The second discussion will be posted on Monday, June 30th, and will cover book 15 through the end.
We make announcements about the book club here on the main site, while housing the book’s discussion over on the AoM Community  in a private group called “The Official Art of Manliness Book Club.”  In addition to online discussion in the group forums, the club offers other great features including video chats and Q&As with some literary experts on the subjects of our discussions.
To join the AoM Book Club you pay a one-time $1 membership fee (the aim of this nominal fee is to simply keep out trolls and hopefully increase your commitment). If you’ve already joined the book club group and paid, you don’t have to do so again. You’ll have access to all our discussions, notes, video chats, and expert Q&As from here on out.
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