The Western Canon’s value is self-evident. Its status, however, has been under threat since the middle of the 20th century. Feminists, Marxists, intersectionalists, and others deny the Canon’s existence by refusing to observe its traditional boundaries, throwing the borders open to invite all manner of second- and third-rate material. They intentionally misread the Canon, deconstructing it and looking for incoherence where men have only ever found genius.
Imperium Press’ Western Canon series reclaims the Canon from the forces hostile to it. The series offers not only definitive versions of these works, but also supplementary material placing them at the centre of our aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual life—where they belong.
So becomes it a youth to quit him well
with his father's friends, by fee and gift,
that to aid him, aged, in after days,
come warriors willing, should war draw nigh,
liegemen loyal: by lauded deeds
shall an earl have honor in every clan.
"...it remains the most successful attempt to render in modern English something similar to the alliterative pattern of the original..." (Los Angeles Times)
Translated by W.C. Bryant
Foreword by Ricardo Duchesne
Iliad is the cornerstone of the Western canon. Imperium Press presents Bryant’s celebrated verse translation, renowned for over a century as our mother tongue’s “best echo of the old Greek epic.”
In his foreword, Ricardo Duchesne shows Iliad to be a poem not for all times and places, but a native expression of a specifically European warrior aristocratic ethos. And one, as he shows, that represents a formative moment in the development of consciousness itself.
Folk Tales in the
In 2015, da Silva and Tehrani demonstrated that certain European folk tales were far more ancient than previously thought—reaching back through the Bronze Age even unto the Proto-Indo-European urheimat.
Imperium Press offers a volume of 150 folk tales in the Indo-European tradition. These tales are sorted according to tale type, tracing the type back to a specific stage of the Indo-European migrations according to the 2015 study.
These tales are a piece of the West's patrimony whose value has been vastly underestimated, and is now due for re-evaluation.