Richmond Lattimore vs Caroline Alexander Iliad Translation Comparison

Years: 1951 and 2016

Lattimore's translation of the Iliad provides a faithful rendering of Homer's epic, meticulously capturing the meter and style of the original Greek, while Alexander's translation emphasizes clarity and accessibility, presenting a more modern and readable version of the ancient text.

Passage comparison

Richmond Lattimore

Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus' son Achilleus
and its devastation, which puts pains thousandfold upon the Achaians,
hurled in their multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls
of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting
of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished
since that time when first there stood in division of conflict
Atreus' son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus.

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.


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