Books: Comparative Translations of the Iliad


Here young men and the most desired young girls

were dancing, linked, touching each other's wrists...

Trained and adept, they circle there with ease

the way a potter sitting at his wheel will give it a practice twirl between his palms

to see it run; or else, again, in line as though in ranks, they moved on one another:

magical dancing!


And there were young men on it and young girls, sought for their beauty

with gifts of oxen, dancing, and holding hands at the wrist. These

wore, the maidens long light robes, but the men wore tunics...

At whiles on their understanding feet they would run very...

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