Which translations of western classics should I read?
February 28, 2006 4:39 PM Subscribe
Which translations of western classics like the Iliad, Odyssey and Oresteia would you recommend?
posted by adrianhon to Writing & Language (41 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've never had much interest in reading classical literature until recently, when I've found references to them cropping up repeatedly in various essays and books I've been reading. I'm very keen on reading them, but searching on Amazon brings up multiple different translations, and I'm not sure which is suitable.
Basically, I'm looking for translations that are easily readable yet also hew closely to the spirit of the original work. I suppose this might be too much to wish for, but I have bad memories of reading bone-dry classics in school and I suspect part of the problem was the translations used.
Related to this - which other classics would be a good idea to read?