Stephen Mitchell Iliad Translation

Year: 2011

Tags: verse

Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Iliad, published in 2011, presents a fresh and contemporary interpretation, capturing the timeless essence of the epic with a poetic and accessible language.



The rage of Achilles—sing it now, goddess, sing through me
the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief
and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters,
leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs
and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.
Begin at the time when bitter words first divided
that king of men, Agamemnon, and godlike Achilles.


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