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The rage of Achilles —sing it now, goddess, sing through me… / Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad

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Stephen Mitchell (Brooklyn, New York, 1943)

The rage of Achilles —sing it now, goddess, sing through me

the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief

and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters,

leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs 

and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.

Begin at the time when bitter words first divided 

that king of men, Agamemnon, and godlike Achilles.

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Iliad, I, 1-7

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Translated by Stephen Mitchell

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Homer

The Iliad

Translated, with an introduction

and notes, by Stephen Mitchell

Weidenfeld & Nicholson. London, 2011

ISBN: 9780297859734

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