Samuel Butler Iliad Translation

Year: 1898

Tags: free, prose

Samuel Butler's translation of the Iliad, published in 1898, offers a Victorian-era rendition with a focus on clarity and accessibility.



Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.


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