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  •  shaso, that was quite an achievement (3+ / 0-)

    Gods, I fell sleep over three different translations of that thing. Guys killing other guys, that's all I remember. (Yawn.)

    But it's one of the world's great classics, so there you are. I think you should have been given an "A." :)

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 01:11:15 PM PDT

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    •  well (3+ / 0-)

      I'm not even sure I could get through the Iliad today.  It is 600 pages, written like poetry.

      •  Depends on the translation (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        RiveroftheWest, No Exit

        Some of them are better than others, but you have to dig a bit to figure out which one speaks to you.

        The Eno the Thracian Fantasy Series by C.B. Pratt. Hero for Hire

        by wonderful world on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 04:03:22 PM PDT

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        •  Loved the Odyssey in several translations (3+ / 0-)

          Bored stiff by the Iliad in every one. All that clashing armor, falling bodies, each one like the last. Then I picked up Lattimore, and it all came alive. Did for me what Chapman did for Keats,  I guess.

          It struck me for the first time how childish the gods all were. Untouched by mortality and untouchable by it, it was all a game to them. So much of the tragedy of the Iliad stemmed from the contrast between their frivolity and the deadly seriousness of everything for the human playing pieces they were moving around. Only Athena seemed sometimes to be more engaged with her human charges.

          The real USA Patriot Act was written in 1789. It's called the Bill of Rights.

          by nicteis on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 06:43:51 PM PDT

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