Michael Reck Iliad Translation

Year: 1994

Tags: verse

The Michael Reck translation of the Iliad captures the timeless beauty and epic intensity of Homer's masterpiece with a masterful balance between faithfulness to the original Greek text and accessibility to modern readers.



Sing, Goddess, Achilles' maniac rage:
ruinous thing! it roused a thousand sorrows
and hurled many souls of mighty warriors
to Hades, made their bodies food for dogs
and carrion birds—as Zeus's will foredoomed—
from the time relentless strife came between
Atreus' son, a king, and brave Achilles.


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