Homer And The Art Of Wrath

Hayden Pelliccia writes: ‘The two recent translators of the Iliad, both veteran classical scholars, have long inhabited that now largely abandoned category, Man of Letters. Barry Powell has published poems of his own; Peter Green has translated Apollonius of Rhodes, Catullus, Ovid, and Juvenal, and both are novelists. Both now bid (Green avowedly so) to seize the crown of the long-reigning king of Homer translators, Richmond Lattimore, whose Iliad of 1951 remains the standard. If either succeeds, I suspect it will be Green, though his competitor is a worthy one. Like Lattimore, Green and Powell have rendered the unrhymed Greek into unrhymed verse.’

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