When I myself first read the
Iliad and the Odyssey years ago, painstakingly and with
several on-line dictionaries and encyclopedias to hand, I wasn't aware of
the existence of Ian Johnston's translation. The books I read were, needless
to say, a difficult first read, but the beauty and passion in the stories
compelling. I decided then and there that a newer, modern poetic
translation had to be found and made available to the general public so that
anyone who has ever thought of reading these books would have an opportunity
to take in the spell-binding beauty of Homer's words.
And so, a search began and
these translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey are the result
of that search.
It is my hope that these
translations provide everyone who has ever wanted to read these books with
the opportunity to do so.