The Death of Patroclus from Book XVI of The Iliad
The Death of Patroclus from Book XVI of The Iliad. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal:.October 2014, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 262-262.doi: https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-10-4-260
—Homer/Alexander Pope, translator
Homer (c. 850 BCE) is the most famous poet of antiquity, and The Iliad is generally considered his masterpiece. Here is Alexander Pope’s (1688–1744) translation from Book XVI of Hector’s slaying of Patroclus, Achilles’ greatest friend. In it we hear an arrogant and contemptuous Hector degrading the dying warrior. Pope’s translation remains the best rendering of the poem in English. Samuel Johnson called it, “A performance which no age or nation could hope to equal.”
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