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Great book. Recommended translation.
on 8 August 2016
Obviously reading the Iliad is no joke, it takes commitment, some knowledge of Greek mythology and a willingness/desire to read it. However, when buying the Iliad, what you don't want is confusion/obfuscation or more obfuscation than there should be. I did a lot of research before buying the Iliad and pondered over buying Robert Fagle's translation, Stephen Mitchell's, Alexander Pope's and finally Richmond Lattimore's version. I read a few extracts from all of the four most popular translations and I decided to go with the translation that 1. Elicited the biggest emotional response and 2. Focused on clarity as opposed to poetic charm. So I chose Richmond Lattimores version. It is very good, very clear.
Happy with it as my first copy of the Iliad. I will check out Alexander Pope's version after as I can see it too, is very well written.