Bernard Knox was the first director and later director emeritus of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. An English classicist and author, he became an American citizen and worked in academia. In 1992 the National Endowment for the Humanities selected Knox for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. He died in 2010.
This translation of The Iliad equals Fitzgerald's earlier Odyssey in power and imagination. It recreates the original action as conceived by Homer, using fresh and flexible blank verse that is both lyrical and dramatic.