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Recommend a good translation

Post by thoreau » 15 Feb 2019, 21:47

I've never read the Iliad all the way through. I'd like to remedy that. What's a good translation that you guys would recommend?
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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by Aresen » 15 Feb 2019, 22:02

It's been decades since I read the Iliad and Odyssey, but I remember that the editions I read were of Penguin Classics editions. They received a lot of critical praise.
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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by Hugh Akston » 16 Feb 2019, 00:29

The Fitzgerald was the standard when I read it in college. I recall it being pretty tedious, but I'm not sure whether that was Fitzgerlad's fault or Homer's. I think an inquiry to your colleagues in the English or Classics departments would have better results than a bunch of internet randos.
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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by lunchstealer » 16 Feb 2019, 00:57

Hugh Akston wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 00:29
The Fitzgerald was the standard when I read it in college. I recall it being pretty tedious, but I'm not sure whether that was Fitzgerlad's fault or Homer's. I think an inquiry to your colleagues in the English or Classics departments would have better results than a bunch of internet randos.
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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by nicole » 16 Feb 2019, 06:49

I extremely recommend the Fagles translation, not that I’m a classicist or anything
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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 17 Feb 2019, 23:06

You might find this useful.

For no sensible reason, I think Shakespeare did write his plays but 'Homer' is merely the canonized version of ancient Greek stories that rhymed because poetry is easier to remember than prose and that, in general, poetry is "what gets lost in translation," to misquote Frost.

Troy is pretty good if you allow for the fact that Brad Pitt was still learning how to act.

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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by Warren » 19 Feb 2019, 10:01

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 23:06
Troy is pretty good if you allow for the fact that Brad Pitt was still learning how to act.
First, god no. And B, Pitt had already starred in A River Runs Through It, Se7en, Seven Years in Tibet, Fight Club, and many others before he made Troy.

Or wait, are you just Brad Pitt something something Homer's Troy is worth reading?
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Re: Recommend a good translation

Post by Aresen » 19 Feb 2019, 16:41

Warren wrote:
19 Feb 2019, 10:01
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 23:06
Troy is pretty good if you allow for the fact that Brad Pitt was still learning how to act.
First, god no. And B, Pitt had already starred in A River Runs Through It, Se7en, Seven Years in Tibet, Fight Club, and many others before he made Troy.

Or wait, are you just Brad Pitt something something Homer's Troy is worth reading?
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