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Homer, Translation

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Author(s): Richard Armstrong
Abstract Translation of the Iliad and Odyssey began in the ancient world and continues to this day in a wide variety of world languages. Despite the great antiquity of the works and their difficult poetic diction, they remain some of the most translated texts in world history. This article gives a brief overview of the earlier phase of translation, then moves conceptually to discuss mostly English approaches to the poems’ length, diction, and meter. 1. Introduction The Homeric Iliad and Odyssey enjoy one of the longest histories of translation in the Western world, particul…
Date: 2014-01-22

Roman Translation of Greek Texts

(4,357 words)

Author(s): Richard Armstrong
Abstract Translation from Greek texts was an integral part of Roman culture from its inception in the 3rd c. BCE well into late antiquity. The Roman literary elite translated less out of dire necessity (given the prevalent bilingualism of the class) than out of a desire to rival the original, giving much Latin translation a particular intensity that goes beyond merely rendering the content of the source text. Pronouncements on translation by Cicero and Jerome have long been a part of the history …
Date: 2014-01-22