Anger—sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleu
Anger—sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that accursed anger, which brought the Greeks endless sufferings and sent the mighty souls of many warriors to Hades, leaving their bodies as carrion for the dogs and a feast for the birds; and Zeus’ purpose was fulfilled. It all began when Agamemnon lord of men and godlike Achilles quarrelled and parted.
Iliad, I, 1-7
Translation by E.V. Rieu
Originally translated by E. V. Rieu.
Revised and updated by Peter Jones with D. C. H. Rieu.
Penguin Books. London, 2003.