Reply To: Homeric Epics

Jason Jewell

Both approaches have their advantages. Reading allows more opportunity for pausing and reflecting, but listening to an audio version with a skilled narrator is very valuable.

I have listened to several ancient Greek works narrated by Charlton Griffin; I think his voice is fantastic. Here’s his unabridged reading of the Iliad:

If you’d prefer an abridged Iliad read by Shakespearean actor Derek Jacobi, try this performance of the Fagles translation, which is quite good:

You can find comparable renderings of the Odyssey as well. These links have samples so you can hear a few minutes of the narration.

I hope this helps!