Author Archives: Steve Jenkin

Odyssey 1.1-10

The opening lines from the Odyssey, in which Homer describes the hero Odysseus, his character, his suffering. Jane Mason and Stephen Jenkin   ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν: πολλῶν δ᾽ ἀνθρώπων ἴδεν ἄστεα καὶ νόον ἔγνω, πολλὰ δ᾽ ὅ γ᾽ ἐν πόντῳ πάθεν ἄλγεα ὃν κατὰ […]

Iliad 1.1-7

The opening lines from the Iliad, in which Homer describes the dispute between Agamemnon and Achilles and its effect on the Greek soldiers. Stephen Jenkin   μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε, πολλὰς δ᾽ ἰφθίμους ψυχὰς Ἄϊδι προΐαψεν ἡρώων, αὐτοὺς δὲ ἑλώρια τεῦχε κύνεσσιν οἰωνοῖσί τε πᾶσι, Διὸς δ᾽ ἐτελείετο […]

Olympian 1.1-13

This poem celebrates the victory of Hieron, ruler of Syracuse, in the single-horse race at the Olympic Games in 476BC. A number of Pindar’s victory odes were written for Sicilians, and the poet spent some time on the island in the 470s. These opening lines to the poem are typical of Pindar’s love of the […]