Books I Need to Read

  • The Illiad, Homer
  • The Odyssey, Homer
  • The Aeneid, Virgil
  • Ulysses, James Joyce
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To start...

say, are you gonna start listing these? i could help you out if you like: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, for one... ;)

Terrific books, but beware - my experience is that ancient literature is a very addictive area...

I would suggest you throw in the fairly short Epic of Gilgamesh. Try to find either the David Ferry or, especially, the Danny P. Jackson translation. The standard Sandars translation is a bit more literal and quite a bit more boring. If you still have an interest in depictions of women in ancient literature, this one has much to offer. It also explores issues of mortality in (especially the Jackson translation) quite affecting depth. It mostly gets attention for its Genesis-like flood story, which is actually a very small part of the epic; I found the themes of friendship and death monopolized most of my attention.

Anyway, it is a quick, one-night read, and one that might well stay with much longer.

Which Homer translation are you reading?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I took the book out of the library, so for what was there, the Stanley Lombardo translation seemed the best. Are you familiar with it? Do you recommend a better translation? I'll put the "Epic of Gilgamesh" on my list, too, thanks.