“Achilles in the Underworld” [adapting some lines from Homer]

“Achilles in the Underworld—A Modernization of Some Lines from Achilles (in the Odyssey) [Book 11 642-45]

I’d rather have a humbler life on Earth
As one who serves someone of nobler birth
Or labors hard to earn his daily bread
Than reign as first in fame among the dead.

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One thought on ““Achilles in the Underworld” [adapting some lines from Homer]

  1. paulwhitberg Post author

    The lines, from Chapman’s Homer, are:
    “I rather wish to live in earth a swain,
    or serve a swain for hire, that scarce can gain
    Bread to sustain him, than, that life once gone,
    of all the dead sway the imperial throne.”

    Is Chapman better? Yes! But, I thought it’d be nice to try my hand at a modernization:)

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