Black figure kylix, Heracles struggling with the sea-god Triton, ringed by dancing sea-nymphs, ca. 550 B.C.

Listen to exclusive audio clips of Homeric translator, Robert Fagles, reading The Odyssey in Greek and Sir Ian McKellan reading the English translation


Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for lifetime achievement in translation, reads Homer's Odyssey in the original Greek. Recorded at Hagens Recording Studio in Princeton, New Jersey March 8, 2001.

"Robert Fagles is the best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English, and his translation of The Odyssey is his finest work so far."
–Garry Wills, The New Yorker

"Robert Fagles' new translation of The Odyssey restores the original joys of the performing bard."
–Paul Gray, Time Magazine

"A memorable achievement...Mr. Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet timeless...[his] translation of The Iliad was greeted by a chorus of praise when it appeared; his Odyssey is a worthy successor."
–Richard Jenkyns, The New York Times Book Review