After having released new translations in 2006 of the
Iliad and the Odyssey in a modern English poetic form to rave
reviews, Richer Resources Publications this year added to our classic titles
new abridged version of these epic tales. Particularly suited to the high
school and college-university level student, these translations retain the
cadence, clarity and spirit of the original.
As with the full versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey, we
expect these new works will become the preferred translation in high
schools, colleges and universities both here and around the world.
Homer's Iliad and
Odyssey have long been considered two of the great books of western
literature. They, along with such classics as Chaucer's Canterbury
Tales, the works of Shakespeare and Mark Twain, give us the best in Earth's literary
history. Packed with history, science and philosophy, these books make
up the entire curriculum of some college institutions, such as St. John's
College in Annapolis, MD, founded in 1784. The theory behind the Great
Books Program is that, in these books lies the greatest wisdom and teachings
of the last 5,000 years of earth's history. Who would not benefit
from reading such books?
The problem arises with
some of these texts when one realizes that they were written in
ancient languages and then translated into 16th and 17th century English,
which in many cases is as much Greek to the modern reader as Greek itself.
While there do exist some more modern translations, few lend themselves to
the general readership of the 21st century.
Here, now, exists a new
translation, faithful to Homer's beautiful poetic rendition, yet fully
understandable by the common reader. Richer Resources Publications is proud
to present this new translation by Ian Johnston. If ever you've wanted to
read these classics, but were backed off by older English translations,
these books are here for you as your introduction to two of the greatest
classics of all time. They are the perfect translation for colleges,
libraries, universities, high schools and home schoolers, as well as the
A recording of the
complete translation of this book is also available from Naxos Books. The
Iliad, read by Anton Lesser (ISBN 9-626344-28-8) is available through the
Naxos internet web site at: