Excerpt from The Homeric Stories, Iliad and Odyssey: Done Into English Prose
The translation of the Iliad by Mr. Lang, Mr. Leaf, and Mr. Myers, first published in 1882, and that of'the Odyssey, by Professor Butcher and Mr. Lang, issued three years earlier, have been generally... accepted as the best versions of these great masterpieces yet made in English prose. This high reputation is due partly to their scholarly accuracy and faithfulness to the original, but perhaps more particularly to the literary skill of the translators. Their prose is Simple but dignified it has a touch of the archaic that reminds us of the Bible and Shake speare, and gives us the sense of reading an ancient classic.
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