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Friday, October 23, 2009

Best Homer Translations

I read Homer's The Iliad last semester, and by far and away, I believe that Richmond Lattimore's translation is the best. He stays true to the Greek itself, and does not go off on tangents or makes up something that isn't there. Fagles is also a good translation, although I don't believe it is as good as Lattimore's. If you are looking for a challenging Old English read of the Iliad, try reading some Pope, it flows like poetry although I think it is very hard to understand and does not accurately show how the Greek is working.

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