Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey: Free AudioBooks & eBooks

The Ili­ad and Odyssey — they form the bedrock of west­ern lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. And now, thanks to Ian John­ston of Van­cou­ver Island Uni­ver­si­ty, you can find online numer­ous Eng­lish trans­la­tions of Home­r’s great epic poems, includ­ing some by major lit­er­ary heavy­weights. John­ston’s list fea­tures trans­la­tions of the Ili­ad by Thomas Hobbes (1675), George Chap­man (1614)Alexan­der Pope (1720), William Cullen Bryant (1870), Samuel But­ler (1888), and Rich­mond Lat­ti­more (1951), along with accom­pa­ny­ing ver­sions of the Odyssey. Sep­a­rate­ly, but cer­tain­ly worth not­ing, Lib­rivox offers free audio­book ver­sions of the Ili­ad and Odyssey, both based on the But­ler trans­la­tion. They’re now added to our list of Free Audio Books, and we have e‑texts with­in our Free eBooks col­lec­tion. H/T goes to Metafil­ter.

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