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This handsome boxed set of Homer’s epics — powerfully retold by Gillian Cross and strikingly illustrated by Neil Packer — belongs on every reader’s bookshelf.

Epic and thrilling, Homer’s two age-old classics have been revisited countless times. Gillian Cross and Neil Packer’s exquisite versions of The Iliad and The Odyssey make up an essential set for both Homer collectors and readers who have not yet made the acquaintance of Odysseus, Achilles, or Hector. Depicting their actions, and those of the gods they invoke, are vivid, stylistic illustrations reminiscent of Greek pottery, giving these large-format volumes an extra measure of authenticity and appeal. From the raging battles outside the walls of Troy to the strangely surreal ten years it takes Odysseus to journey home, these bold re-envisionings of Homer’s stories are told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.

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Gillian Cross is the Carnegie Medal–winning author of Wolf. She lives in England.

Neil Packer has illustrated several classic books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude. He lives in London.

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SB
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent distillation of the classic for young readers, but creepy illustrations
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2017
Same review for both the Iliad and the Odyssey by this author/illustrator: perfect renditions of the classic stories for young readers. I read both books aloud to my 10 year old, 7 year old, and 4 year old sons, and we all enjoyed them. (Note: the four year old did not... See more
Same review for both the Iliad and the Odyssey by this author/illustrator: perfect renditions of the classic stories for young readers. I read both books aloud to my 10 year old, 7 year old, and 4 year old sons, and we all enjoyed them. (Note: the four year old did not always make it through each reading session, he was in and out. It''s hard to be the youngest). True to Homer''s classic version, this is the (violent and dramatic) story of the Trojan War. The violence worried me a little bit, but my sons seem exceptionally indifferent to descriptions or depictions of violence, much to my chagrin. They made faces and complained about the few love/romance parts of the story. My primary criticism of this book is the illustrations. While I appreciate the impressive artistry on an intellectual level, I simply hated most of the pictures. My sons didn''t like them, either. Weird body proportions, ghostly white skin on most of the human characters, creepy, grotesque faces even on characters that are supposed to be "handsome" or "beautiful". Art is a very personal thing, so perhaps some people will find the illustrations to be a strength of this book rather than a shortcoming, but not me. For example, see attached photo: Paris and Menelaus as creepy disfigured ogres. No like. Five stars because we loved reading this rendition of the story, and even though we did not like the pictures, Neil Packer is clearly a talented artist.
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William J. Muller
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Loved this set
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2018
Loved this set. My daughter started watching a show on youtube that discussed The Iliad. I read Caroline Alexander''s translation and I thought it was a little much for an 11 year old. So I was looking for an edition that wasn''t too hard but that wasn''t too easy. This was... See more
Loved this set. My daughter started watching a show on youtube that discussed The Iliad. I read Caroline Alexander''s translation and I thought it was a little much for an 11 year old. So I was looking for an edition that wasn''t too hard but that wasn''t too easy. This was exactly what I was looking for. Great illustrations. The Odyssey version was very enjoyable. I would recommend it to adults looking for a quick refresher. My only criticism and this is picking straws is that it includes things like The Judgment of Paris that is not in the original Homer. It has become part of the tradition of what started the war but its not in The Iliad. The same this as the Trojan Horse. I like that its included but I wish it had said that it is not part of The Iliad but that other sources or poems say...

But that is an artistic choice. I loved this purchase and will be giving this edition out as gifts. A no-brainer purchase.
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Outstanding translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
While the author intends this book for children, I can say it is the easiest to understand and true to the original Greek translation I''ve ever read (and I’ve read many and.had the gift of the oral story telling of this fantastic tale sitting at my grandfathers feet, year... See more
While the author intends this book for children, I can say it is the easiest to understand and true to the original Greek translation I''ve ever read (and I’ve read many and.had the gift of the oral story telling of this fantastic tale sitting at my grandfathers feet, year after year) and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I gifted this set of books to all of my nieces and nephews, to teachers, school libraries and to anyone that wants to read Homer''s epic story in a relatable and understandable way. The author also provides maps of ancient greece, labeled, and images of the characters in the story to reference if you get lost at first as to who is who. I can''t say enough good things about Gillian Cross'' version of this classic and the books themselves make for beautiful coffee table books. They are Sturdy and heavy and perfect. Your children will soon learn that all of the stories from classic american movies come from the Iliad and the Odyseey, like the Pirates of the Carribean series, Percy Jackson series, Star wars... even Harry Potter. None of those series seem original once youve read...the Original.
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Masterful Translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
Gillian Cross has produced a rare work, an excellent distillation of both the Iliad and Odyssey that isn''t an anachronistic oversimplification. The Iliad itself is a difficult work for almost anyone to plot through, with most recent assistance for adults courtesy of... See more
Gillian Cross has produced a rare work, an excellent distillation of both the Iliad and Odyssey that isn''t an anachronistic oversimplification. The Iliad itself is a difficult work for almost anyone to plot through, with most recent assistance for adults courtesy of Fitzgerald''s or Fagles'' versions.

For kids -- it''s either rushed and distilled, with some emphasis on the Trojan Horse, or sanitized to the point of being inane. Cross has struck the balance of showing the fervor, ego, divine intervention, and unrelatable Bronze Age warrior culture with great writing and storytelling. She captures events like the bizarre Odysseus and Diomedes night raid, Achilles'' and Patroclus'' heroics, and Hector''s efforts to preserve Troy whatever fate might dictate. For good reason -- this is a kids'' book -- she omits ancillary characters like Ajax the Lesser and his depredations within Athene''s temple that led to destruction of the Greek fleet.

Cross''s writing is lively and compelling. Your child may be subjected to you going into "summer stock" mode as you shout out stirring rallies and speeches, and scorn for the enemy as you speak through Hector and Achilles.

Cross''s Odyssey follows similar form. She shows the nuances of Odysseus, his cunning and brilliant command, along with his failures during his 10-year trek home to Ithaca that include the loss of his crew.

I''m typically a book cheapskate. However, the dual-edition hardback set has longevity for your child''s reading and rereading, and possibly for their children as well.

Adults benefit from reading this to their child. It acts as a study guide as one returns to the classics long after high school and college. The Odyssey is more straightforward than the various excursions and armor-materiel fetishism the Iliad dives into.

On my wish list, no criticism intended, would have been for Cross to expand her Iliad retelling beyond an epilogue. Homer''s Iliad ends with Achilles'' return to combat and the death of Hector. One has to piece together numerous sources for the remainder of the tale, such as Philoctetes'' return to battle to snipe Paris, the sacking of Troy, and what befell the conquerors after their brief enjoyment of a hard-won victory.
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Maggie
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Thank you!
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2021
I want to say Thank you to Gillian Cross and Neil Packer. This two books are exactly what I was looking for. The retold story and the pictures are both excellent. I like it! My husband can’t accept the illustrations style, that ist totally personal thing, for me they are... See more
I want to say Thank you to Gillian Cross and Neil Packer. This two books are exactly what I was looking for. The retold story and the pictures are both excellent. I like it! My husband can’t accept the illustrations style, that ist totally personal thing, for me they are quite artistic beyond most illustrations should be.
The most important point is there are NO violence and pornographic, perfect for children and young readers.
Thank you!
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Superb Quality
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
In her retelling of these ancient tales, author Gillian Cross uses poetic, yet accessible prose to capture the essence of Homer while holding the interest of young readers. The colorful, highly stylized illustrations are beautiful and intriguing. Frequently, illustrator... See more
In her retelling of these ancient tales, author Gillian Cross uses poetic, yet accessible prose to capture the essence of Homer while holding the interest of young readers. The colorful, highly stylized illustrations are beautiful and intriguing. Frequently, illustrator Neil Packer incorporates Greek names and words into the pictures. This provides an enjoyable challenge for curious readers to decipher their meanings by using the chart of the Greek alphabet in the back of the book. The easy-to-read text is on high quality paper stock of black and various tones of beige. During the current pandemic, my 9-year-old granddaughter and I meet daily via FaceTime to study language arts and literature. We both highly recommend this outstanding set!
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Barry L. Isaacs
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Coming up with an illustrated text of Homer''s "The Iliad" ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2015
Coming up with an illustrated text of Homer''s "The Iliad" that maintains the essential integrity of the original poem and yet is completely accessible to those from ages 7-14 is quite a daunting task. However, the author and illustrator here have succeeded... See more
Coming up with an illustrated text of Homer''s "The Iliad" that maintains the essential integrity of the original poem and yet is completely accessible to those from ages 7-14 is quite a daunting task. However, the author and illustrator here have succeeded mightily. I was a Classics major in college so I take this text quite seriously. I have already purchased a copy for the grammar/middle school where my kids attended.
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Nasorean
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Its a great book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2018
This is a great intro book to the Iliad and Odyssey. I got them for my son while we study Greek Myths . Its not just the Iliad and Odyssey either, they take bits and pieces of related myths, ie Paris violating the Law of Hosts and stealing Helen. then they give you a... See more
This is a great intro book to the Iliad and Odyssey. I got them for my son while we study Greek Myths . Its not just the Iliad and Odyssey either, they take bits and pieces of related myths, ie Paris violating the Law of Hosts and stealing Helen. then they give you a teaching moment and you can ask your kid if a good guest would steal someones wife? Theres a bunch of little moments like that in the book. Highly recommended. :)
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Frogotter
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Entrancing for children and even teens.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2018
This is a beautiful retelling of the story. It has a lovely rhythm and is a joy to read aloud. I think it was quite faithful to the full poem whilst avoiding long catalogues of ships and prizes. The illustrations are fantastic: bold and exciting, they bring the gods and...See more
This is a beautiful retelling of the story. It has a lovely rhythm and is a joy to read aloud. I think it was quite faithful to the full poem whilst avoiding long catalogues of ships and prizes. The illustrations are fantastic: bold and exciting, they bring the gods and heroes to life. I''ve just finished reading it to my sons. Even my teenager was happy to sit and listen, which was really lovely. We enjoyed it do much that I''ve bought Cross & Packer''s The Odyssey too.
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Apara Guha
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It''s a brilliant book to introduce Greek mythology to kids and I ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2018
Bought this for my almost 7 year old nephew and he totally addicted!! It''s a brilliant book to introduce Greek mythology to kids and I would totally recommend it.
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Paul
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Sumptuously produced
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2018
This box set is simply beautiful. If I can give it more stars I would. It just ticks all the boxes.
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Aslan
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Recommended read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2016
Bought for 10 yr old god daughter and she loved it.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2017
Good quality item
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