E. V. Rieu Iliad Translation

Year: 1950

Tags: free, prose

E. V. Rieu's translation of the Iliad, published in 1950, provides a modern and readable rendition that aims to make the timeless tale of the Trojan War accessible to contemporary audiences.



Anger — sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that accursed anger, which brought the Greeks endless sufferings and sent the mighty souls of many warriors to Hades, leaving their bodies as carrion for the dogs and a feast for the birds; and Zeus' purpose was fulfilled. It all began when Agamemnon lord of men and godlike Achilles quarrelled and parted.


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