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November 18, 2012

Homer’s Iliad translated into ‘South African’

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 8:13 am

Brad Pitt stars in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Troy.

As Homer noted, the Trojans love nothing better than a good braai after fending off Achilles and his horde of assegai-wielding Greek impi.

Well, that is according to one retired classics professor who has spent more than 10 years putting Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan war into a South African context.

Richard Whitaker says he embarked on the odyssey after coming to the conclusion that existing Eurocentric translations did not resonate with South African students.

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