Wednesday With Words

Rage–Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end,
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon, lord of men and brilliant Achilles
–The Iliad

So begins our entrance into the land of Homer. I have waited 7 years to read The Iliad and The Odyssey with my kids and now, in a blink of an eye, we are doing it. If the last 2 days are any indication, we will be here for awhile. That’s okay. Slow is good.

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5 Responses to Wednesday With Words

  1. I love, love, love this first passage although I had never read it as Rage, O, Muse. It is truly beautiful.

  2. Roberta says:

    We will be starting the Iliad and The Odyssey soon. The ones we already own are translated by Ennis Rees and Padraic Colum (respectively), but last night was looking online at the study guides offered by Memoria Press. May I ask which translation you will be using and if using the study guides. Thank you.

    • Roberta, we are reading Robert Fagles’ translation for both books. I am using Heroes of the City of Man to help me through it. We are also listening to Elizabeth Vandiver’s lectures on both The Iliad and the Odyssey from the Teaching Company. I hope you enjoy your time with these books.

      • Roberta says:

        Thank you so much for your reply. I will look those up. Thank you, I am looking forward to the time spent together reading, I hope you do as well. 🙂

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