Emily Wilson Iliad Translation

Year: 2023

Tags: verse

The Emily Wilson translation of the Iliad brings a fresh and accessible perspective to the ancient epic, combining a beautifully rendered contemporary English language with a nuanced understanding of the original text.



Goddess, sing of the cataclysmic wrath
of great Achilles, son of Peleus,
which caused the Greeks immeasurable pain
and sent so many noble souls of heroes
to Hades, and made men the spoils of dogs,
a banquet for the birds, and so the plan
of Zeus unfolded—starting with the conflict
between great Agamemnon, lord of men,
and glorious Achilles.


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