Category: I. Poetic Beginnings

a. Homeric Iliad, Book XXIII

Translated by Samuel Butler Revised by Soo-Young Kim, Kelly McCray, Gregory Nagy, and Timothy Power [1] Thus did they make their moan throughout the city, while the Achaeans when they reached theHellespont went back every man to his own ship. But Achilles would not let the Myrmidons go, [5] and spoke to his brave comrades saying, “Myrmidons, famed horsemen and my own trusted friends, not yet, I say, let us unyoke, but with horse and […] more

b. Homeric Odyssey, Book VIII, lines 100-255

Translated by Samuel Butler Revised by Soo-Young Kim, Kelly McCray, Gregory Nagy, and Timothy Power [100] let us proceed therefore to the athletic sports [athlos], so that our guest on his return home may be able to tell his friends how much we surpass all other nations as boxers, wrestlers, jumpers, and runners.” With these words he led the way, and the others followed after. [105] A servant hung Demodokos’ lyre on its peg for […] more