Jan 15, 2016

The Iliad: The First War Book Ever?

Sing, Goddess, Achilles’ rage,
Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks
Incalculable pain, pitched countless souls
Of heroes into Hades’ dark,
And left their bodies to rot as feasts
For dogs and birds, as Zeus’ will was done. 
-The Iliad by Homer

Hooked yet? This is from the 1997 translation by Stanley Lombardo I just bought. I went back and forth between this and the Fitzgerald one. I also like the Pope translation, flowery as it is... It's hard to pick just one, isn't it?

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