Amazon sent me a reminder to rate the Iliad, because I bought a copy of Lattimore’s translation for one of the kids a while back. OK, flattered to think the Interwebs want to know if I recommend the Iliad, so I obliged thus:
Destined to be a Classic! Wow, what a great book! It’s got heroes, babes, fights, love, betrayals, narrow escapes, intrigue and lots of memorable lines I expect people will be quoting for years to come.
I’m going to see if this Homer dude wrote anything else, because I’m betting it would be a perfect thing for next summer when I’m lounging by the wine-dark sea. Highly recommended.
Lattimore’s translation is good but challenging to anyone who hasn’t read a bunch of the classics (and maybe some who have). For new readers Lattimore, because he tries to be faithful to the Greek, can be confusing. Greek writers including Homer tend to like nested structures of ideas expressed in long, complex sentences, not at all USA Today compliant. But well worth the trouble.