The tragedy of Achilles, who prefers a short and glorious life to a long and obscure one, forms the dramatic core of this complex story of the war between the Trojans and the Greeks. Son of a mortal and a god, Achilles is boldly portrayed against a fabric of those noble deeds which later were to provide the Greeks with their dramatic mythology. Illustrated in the classical tradition by Joan Kiddell-Monroe, this prose companion to Barbara Picard's The Odyssey of Homer is recounted with economy and vigor. The classical essence of the story is maintained as the fate of men, gods and countries emerge with a swift and noble dramatic force entirely in keeping with the lofty nature of The Iliad's intent. Free of ponderous forms and language, this edition of The Iliad conveys the pure quality of that epic and goes far to encourage the reader in the further investigation of the Greek world.