Spring 1945 • Vol. VII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1945 |

“Buddy, Sit Thee in Silence”

The Iliad Of Homer: A line for line translation in Dactylic Hexameter by William Benjamin Smith and Walter Miller. Macmillan. $3.75. This work was begun by Professor Smith many years ago. At his death, in 1934, he left it unfinished with the request that Professor Miller, his lifelong friend and former colleague at the University of Missouri, get it into shape for publication. It has finally appeared beautifully printed, adorned with the famous Flaxman engravings. Professor Miller has supplied a rather perfunctory preface and a very full and useful index. In my remarks below I shall, for convenience' sake, refer to the translators jointly as SM. Excellence of intention accompanied by mediocrity of performance—thus I should characterize this version—subjects one's tact to a cruel strain. One wants to be decently appreciative of any attempt to give new life to the classics in an age which is increasingly deaf to them. The men of good will are rare enough, God knows, and it

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