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12/27/11 7:16 PM
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traneufcisback
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 ....is simply fantastic.

Stephen Mitchell simply is one of the world's best modern interpretors.

Hi Book of Job, Gospel According to Jesus, and Bhagavad Gita are all simply brilliant.

He has done it again with The Illiad. This book will probably set the standard for modern translations.
3/18/12 2:17 PM
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Is this the one with gutter language and vulgarity? If it is, toss it.

For simple translations I do like the Reck translation.

You should get a copy of Draper's Iliad and maybe Beecham's Beginning Greek with Homer. Study for a few months until you can read and understand some Greek. You will see that no translation is even close to Homer. He was and is the greatest ever.
4/3/12 12:31 AM
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I'm more likely to read a translation than spend a few months learning a bit of Greek. That said, I think Stephen Mitchell is godawful. Terrible Rilke, terrible Lao Tzu... I'm not at all sanguine about his "modernizing" tendencies, and am not sure the value of a translator who can't read the original language. (Does Mitchell read Greek at all?)

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