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 Post subject: The Iliad - which translation?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:49 am 
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Wondering if anyone could recommend the best translation of the Iliad, from a Jaynesian point of view?

Many thanks for any help with this.

Regards

Gareth


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 Post subject: Re: The Iliad - which translation?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:08 pm 
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We know Jaynes refers to commentary on the Iliad by Walter Leaf, preferred earlier translations, and may have used the Leaf, Lang, Myers translation:

http://julianjaynes.org/related-books_iliad.php


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 Post subject: Re: The Iliad - which translation?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:18 am 
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That said, the translation by Robert Fagles is generally considered one of the finest of the late 20th century. And I think it fits the "Jaynesian point of view" quite well. There's a fair amount of variety in tone and emphasis from translation to translation, and it's worth comparing editions if you have that option.


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 Post subject: Re: The Iliad - which translation?
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It is also worth reading a recent thread here that discusses the importance of translations, and how many, if not most, are modernized for contemporary readers. In other words, a factual translation is shunned in favor of a smoothed, "readable" version.

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=895


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