Ian Johnston Iliad Translation

Year: 2010

Tags: free, verse

The Ian Johnston translation of the Iliad captures the timeless epic with its poetic and accessible language, offering a contemporary retelling of Homer's ancient masterpiece.



Sing, Goddess, sing the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus—
that murderous anger which condemned Achaeans
to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
deep into Hades, leaving their dead bodies
carrion food for dogs and birds—
all in fulfilment of the will of Zeus.


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