By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Classic Book Tip

For those who love the classics, I highly recommend this translation of selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey by Prof. Stanley Lombardo. A Greek professor recommended it to me as a very faithful and realistic translation. I have begun reading this particular edition, and I affirm his conclusion.

Of course, I cannot resist sharing some excerpts to whet your appetite:

Achilles had his say and sat down.
Then up rose
Calchas, son of Thestor, bird-reader supreme,
Who knew what is, what will be, and what has been.
He had guided the Greek ships to
Through the prophetic power Apollo
Had given him, and he spoke out now . . . .

Iliad, Bk. 1, circa ll. 75-80 and thereabout, trans. Stanley Lombardo.

The master strategist Odysseus,
born and bred
      In the rocky hills of Ithaca. He knows
      Every trick there is, and his mind runs deep.

Iliad, Bk. 3, circa l. 215.

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