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Classicists: Best editions of the Iliad and the Odyssey?

Can anyone recommend a good, well-annotated version of these works by Homer? In English translation please.

I want to read them this year but have bad memories of really struggling with the Odyssey in my formative years. So would like an edition which holds your hand through them, if there is one. Yes, I know I'm not smart.

Thank you.

Re: Classicists: Best editions of the Iliad and the Odyssey?

First a question?

Do you like your poetry in Prose or in Rhyming couplets?

The Iliad translated by Alexander Pope has some really fantastic Rhyming passages and might be the most enjoyable to digest as it just flows right along.

High o'er the scene of death Achilles stood,
All grim with dust, all horrible in blood:
Yet still insatiate, still with rage on flame;
Such is the lust of never-dying fame!

She spoke, and backward turn'd her steeds of light,
Adorn'd with manes of gold, and heavenly bright.
The Hours unloosed them, panting as they stood,
And heap'd their mangers with ambrosial food.
There tied, they rest in high celestial stalls;
The chariot propp'd against the crystal walls,
The pensive goddesses, abash'd, controll'd,
Mix with the gods, and fill their seats of gold.

-there is some really good stuff in there.

If you want a more Scholarly version that reads more like prose (think Shakespeare) then the Translation by Robert Fagles is probably the best and most accurate(that could be translated from Greek to English).

Robert Fagles translation of The Odyssey is more enjoyable and alot easier to read then the Iliad.

If you want the Odyssey to be in 'story book' fashion then my all-time favorite translation is still 'The Odyssey' by E.V. Rieu/ Penguin Classics

Re: Classicists: Best editions of the Iliad and the Odyssey?

I grew up on E.V. Rieu`s prose translations from Penguin.

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Re: Classicists: Best editions of the Iliad and the Odyssey?

WHD Rouse did a plain English translation of both that is a good, fast read.

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