Author/Artist: Seth L. Schein
Publisher: University of California Press
The description is from the back cover of the book:
Schein does a good job of conveying the essential moral questions of the Iliad with respect for the text and a well-chosen synthesis of the linguistic and structural contributions of recent scholars like Benveniste, Nagy, Redfield, Austin, Nagler, and Kagridis...The usefulness of the work lies in the integration of diverse approaches into a readable lucid whole and an obvious love of the poem and thorough familiarity with the text. "For the student or harried humanities instructor who wants to read one literary study of the Iliad. this would be a good choice."
Charles Segal, Classica
Another axis is how Troy was destined to lose, and at the same time, Hector is shown as the more moral of the leading fighters in the epic.
You can see the listeners hearing what they want from the story: a simple story of how their side won a long war, how their favorite warriors were braver than anyone else during some phase of the battles, how it would have all been different if the gods had not intervened, how it only turned out right because the gods intervened. And then also listeners who were listening for something more, also heard about 'good things happening to bad people', and then even more that the bad people were in circumstances in which there were no other options, and how these people accepted their undeserved fates or railed against them.
Jon D. Walker, United States