Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Iliad 1-5

I'm translating Homer's Iliad. Here are lines 1-5.

μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος
οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε,
πολλὰς δ᾽ ἰφθίμους ψυχὰς Ἄϊδι προΐαψεν
ἡρώων, αὐτοὺς δὲ ἑλώρια τεῦχε κύνεσσιν
5οἰωνοῖσί τε πᾶσι, Διὸς δ᾽ ἐτελείετο βουλή...

Here's my unorthodox translation.

Sing Rage, goddess, the rage of Achilles, Peleus' son.
What a deadly man to grieve fellows.
Hurling many brave souls to Hell,
The Savior singlehandledly made men spoils for dogs,
Banquets for vultures, accomplishing the will of God.

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