ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε , μοῦσα , πολύτροπον , ὃς μάλα πολλὰ
πλάγχθη , ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν :
πολλῶν δ᾽ ἀνθρώπων ἴδεν ἄστεα καὶ νόον ἔγνω ,
πολλὰ δ᾽ ὅ γ᾽ ἐν πόντῳ πάθεν ἄλγεα ὃν κατὰ θυμόν ,
5ἀρνύμενος ἥν τε ψυχὴν καὶ νόστον ἑταίρων .
ἀλλ᾽ οὐδ᾽ ὣς ἑτάρους ἐρρύσατο , ἱέμενός περ :
αὐτῶν γὰρ σφετέρῃσιν ἀτασθαλίῃσιν ὄλοντο ,
νήπιοι , οἳ κατὰ βοῦς Ὑπερίονος Ἠελίοιο
ἤσθιον : αὐτὰρ ὁ τοῖσιν ἀφείλετο νόστιμον ἦμαρ .
10τῶν ἁμόθεν γε , θεά , θύγατερ Διός , εἰπὲ καὶ ἡμῖν .
Tell me about a complicated man . Muse , tell me how he wandered and was lost when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy , and where he went , and who he met , the pain he suffered in the storms at sea , and how he worked to save his life and bring his men back home . He failed to keep them safe ; poor fools , they ate the Sun God’s cattle , and the god kept them from home . Now goddess , child of Zeus , tell the old story for our modern times . 10
Homer . The Odyssey ( p . 105 ) . W . W . Norton & Company . Kindle Edition .
Tell me , Muse , of the man of many ways , who was driven far journeys , after he had sacked Troy ' s sacred citadel . Many were they whose cities he saw , whose minds he learned of , many the pains he suffered in his spirit on the wide sea , 5 struggling for his own life and the homecoming of his companions . Even so he could not save his companions , hard though he strove to ; they were destroyed by their own wild recklessness , fools , who devoured the oxen of Helios , the Sun God ,
Lattimore , Richmond . The Odyssey of Homer ( p . 27 ) . HarperCollins e-books . Kindle Edition .