Caroline Alexander vs Michael Reck Iliad Translation Comparison

Years: 2016 and 1994

While both Alexander and Reck provide English translations of the Iliad, Alexander's translation focuses on poetic rhythm and maintains the epic grandeur, while Reck's translation emphasizes accuracy and readability, making it more accessible to a wider audience.

Passage comparison

Caroline Alexander

Wrath—sing, goddess, of the ruinous wrath of Peleus' son Achilles,
that inflicted woes without number upon the Achaeans,
hurled forth to Hades many strong souls of warriors
and rendered their bodies prey for the dogs,
for all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished;
sing from when they two first stood in conflict—
Atreus' son, lord of men, and godlike Achilles.

Michael Reck

Sing, Goddess, Achilles' maniac rage:
ruinous thing! it roused a thousand sorrows
and hurled many souls of mighty warriors
to Hades, made their bodies food for dogs
and carrion birds—as Zeus's will foredoomed—
from the time relentless strife came between
Atreus' son, a king, and brave Achilles.


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