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The nice struggle epic of Western literature, translated by way of acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles relationship to the 9th century B. C. , Homer’s undying poem nonetheless vividly conveys the horror and heroism of guys and gods wrestling with towering feelings and combating amidst devastation and destruction, because it strikes inexorably to the wrenching, tragic end of the Trojan battle.
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