By Homer, Nicholas Richardson
Composed for recitation at gala's, those 33 songs have been written in honour of the gods and goddesses of the traditional Greek pantheon. They recount the foremost episodes within the lives of the gods, and dramatise the moments once they first look earlier than mortals. jointly they give the main bright photograph now we have of the Greek view of the connection among the divine and human worlds.
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All of the mountain peaks pride you, the jutting headlands of emerging hills, rivers flowing out to sea, capes leaning in the direction of the ocean, harbours too, some of these pride you. 25 Shall I sing how first Leto gave beginning to you – the enjoyment of mortals – mendacity opposed to Mount Kynthos on that rocky island Delos, swirled round through sea, whereas on each side a black wave rolled over to the land in shrill winds, and the way due to this, your starting place, you rule over all humans? 30 the folks of Crete and town of Athens, the island of Aigina and Euboea, recognized for ships, Aigai, Eiresiai and Peparethos by means of the ocean, Thracian Athos and the towering peaks of Pelion, Thracian Samos and the shadowy mountains of Ida, 35 Skyros, Phokaia and the excessive hill of Autokane, well-built Imbros and misty Lemnos, holy Lesbos, the house of Makar, son of Aiolos, and Chios, the brightest of all the islands that lie within the sea, craggy Mimas and the steep slopes of Korykos, forty sparkling Klaros and the sheer peaks of Aisagee, well-watered Samos and the precipitous heights of Mykale, Miletos and Kos, the town of the Meropian humans, rugged Knidos and windswept Karpathos, Naxos and Paros and rocky Rhenaia – forty five to most of these locations Leto got here, labouring to offer delivery to the far-shooting god, to determine if any of those lands will be prepared to make a house for her son. yet all of them trembled, they have been completely terrified and never certainly one of them dared to simply accept Phoebus, now not even the richest of them, until eventually Leto, the queen, stepped directly to Delos 50 and requested her, uttering winged phrases: ‘Delos, might you be prepared to be the house of my son, Phoebus Apollo, and to make him a luxurious temple? No different god will contact you, or honour you, and that i don't imagine you'll ever be wealthy in farm animals, wealthy in sheep, fifty five you'll by no means provide stable wine, or develop many vegetation. but when you could have the temple of far-working Apollo, then all of the humans will assemble right here, bringing their hecatombs, and the ineffable odor of sacrifice will stand up for ever, and you may feed your individual those who stay the following out of the palms of strangers, 60 to your personal soil is barren. ’ this can be what she stated. And Delos used to be packed with pleasure and spoke back her and stated: ‘Leto, such a lot excellent daughter of serious Koios, i'd gladly obtain your baby, the far-shooting lord. it really is real sixty five that folks say poor issues approximately me, whereas this fashion I may still develop into very hugely honoured. yet, Leto, there’s a hearsay I tremble at, I won’t conceal it from you. they are saying Apollo should be very presumptuous, that he'll dominate gods and mortals everywhere in the earth that provides us grain. 70 So I’m very afraid in my middle and soul that once he first sees the sunshine of the solar he'll despise this island, – on the grounds that i'm really a rocky land – after which he’ll flip me over along with his ft and thrust me down into the depths of the ocean, after which the good waves of ocean seventy five will wash over my head perpetually, and he’ll leave to a different land, one who pleases him, and construct there his temple and his shaded groves.