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A little less than a happy high
Bowing to the Age of Heroes
Could one of you recommend a good and reasonably accessible translation of Homer's Odyssey? I was considering that of Richmond Lattimore, but thought I'd check to see if you could think of something better.

In case it helps, it's being gifted to a fourteen year-old.

Current Mood: Homeric

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sweetchariot From: sweetchariot Date: December 24th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
stanely lombardo's is the most recent and so probably the most accessible to kids. people say it's good, but i haven't read it yet.
komos From: komos Date: December 24th, 2003 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll check it out.
cinemama From: cinemama Date: December 24th, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I completely agree. Very, very readable.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: December 24th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes. Go for the Lombardo.

I've heard him read from both his Iliad and Odyssey. He's the NICEST and most humble of men.

I'm a big fan.
thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: December 24th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you billing it as the prequel to that new Brad Pitt movie?
thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: December 25th, 2003 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Sequel! I meant sequel!
komos From: komos Date: December 26th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

I figured...

Aw hell, I hadn't even thought of that.


I think I can live with being accused of playing pop trends. Maybe. My bigger concern is whether he'll actually pick it up and read it.
From: uruz Date: December 24th, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope the fourteen year old in question knows the difference between Homer and Homer Simpson. :)
komos From: komos Date: December 26th, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would hope so, but I'm not making any assumptions. 'Course, if he doens't, he'll never be able to watch The Simpsons the same way again.
shara From: shara Date: December 24th, 2003 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Lattimore is painful. Me, I'd recommend the Robert Fagles.

'least, it's the one every educator at every level of education in the city of toronto recommends. Me, I bought into the recommendation and regret nothing. :)
komos From: komos Date: December 26th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been a while since I picked it up, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that my memory's a little flawed.

I appreciate the dissenting opinion, too. I'll page through the two and see which I like best. Thanks. ^_^
catya From: catya Date: December 26th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
*waves* good to meet you yesterday, just dropping you a comment so you have my lj id :)
komos From: komos Date: December 26th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello and welcome to my little corner of the digital world.
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