Iliad (opening), tr. R. Lattimore (1951) --
Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus' son Achilleus
and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians,
hurled in their multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls
of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting
of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished
since that time when first there stood in division of conflict
Atreus' son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus.  ///
Tr. R. Fitzgerald (1974) --
Anger be now your song, immortal one,
Akhilleus' anger, doomed and ruinous,
that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss
and crowded brave souls into the undergloom,
leaving so many dead men -- carrion
for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.
Begin it when the two men first contending
broke with one another --
the Lord Marshal
Agamemnon, Atreus' son, and Prince Akhilleus.  ///
Tr. R. Fagles (1990) --
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.  ///
Tr. I. Johnston (2006) --
Sing, Goddess, sing of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus --
that murderous anger which condemned Achaeans
to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
deep into Hades, leaving their dead bodies
carrion food for dogs and birdsó
all in fulfillment of the will of Zeus.
Start at the point where Agamemnon, son of Atreus,
that king of men, quarreled with noble Achilles.  ///
Tr. S. Mitchell (2011) --
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.  ///
Tr. P. Green (2014) --
Wrath, goddess, sing of Achilles Peleusís sonís
calamitous wrath, which hit the Achaians with countless ills --
many the valiant souls it saw off down to Hades,
souls of heroes, their selves left as carrion for dogs
and all birds of prey, and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled --
from the first moment those two men parted in fury,
Atreusís son, king of men, and the godlike Achilles.  ///
Tr. C. Alexander (2016) --
Wrath -- sing, goddess, of the ruinous wrath of Peleusí son Achilles,
that inflicted woes without number upon the Achaeans,
hurled forth to Hades many strong souls of warriors
and rendered their bodies prey for the dogs,
for all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished;
sing from when they two first stood in conflict --
Atreusí son, lord of men, and godlike Achilles.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles.
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