Rodney Merrill Iliad Translation

Year: 2009

Tags: verse

The Rodney Merrill translation of the Iliad maintains the epic's poetic essence while producing a crisp and accessible rendition that captivates readers.



Sing now, goddess, the wrath of Achilles the scion of Peleus,
ruinous rage which brought the Achaians uncounted afflictions;
many the powerful souls it sent to the dwelling of Hades,
those of the heroes, and spoil for the dogs it made of their bodies,
plunder for all of the birds, and the purpose of Zeus was accomplished—
sing from the time when first stood hostile, starting the conflict,
Atreus' scion, the lord of the people, and noble Achilles.


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