Homer’s Iliad-audio and original Greek text

An Approach to the Original Singing of Homeric epics  

by Ioannidis Nikolaos

Ioannidis N. is a composer, musicologist, multi-instrumentalist performer, media theorist, and digital media creative producer (with formal qualifications in Music, Musicology, Media Studies, and Digital Media Studies), who is researching ancient Greek music and its relationship with all musical cultures that have been subject to the classical Greek cultural influence.

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IOANNIDIS Nikolaos "THE MUSIC OF ANCIENT GREEKS - Early Epic and Lyrical Poetry" Click this title to listen to audio samples of all songs and read an introduction to this work by the author

Also read in a separate file the original Greek texts and their English translation.


Prooimion of Iliad

Original Greek text 

transcribed by Ioannidis Nikolaos

The original Greek text of the opening of Iliad, transcribed by Ioannidis N. and displayed on the picture of an ancient relief depicting a battle.

Ioannidis Nikolaos-Ancient Greek Cithara

English translation

 by Ioannidis Nikolaos

Sing, O goddess,
the perilous wrath of Peleus' son Achilles,
that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans
and many brave souls sent to Hades,
and many heroes yielded a prey
to dogs and vultures,
for so was Zeus' will fulfilled.
Start from the day on which (Agamemnon)
the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles
first fell out with one another.



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Contents of CD Album:

Anacreon:  My lyre sings only songs of love

Simonides:  Danae and Perseus

Alcman:  Bucolic

Simonides:  There is a saying about virtue

Tyrtaeus:  Spartan march

Homer:  Iliad - Sing oh goddess the perilous wrath of Achilles

Archilochos:  Oh soul

Orphic hymn:  In praise of Justice

Sappho:  Ode to Aphrodite

Alcaeus:  Winter

Mimnermos:  Short-lived is treasured youth

Homer: Odyssey - Calypso and Ulysses

Hesiod:   Rough is the road to happiness

Bacchylides:   Great gifts, peace brings to mortals

Solon:   Eunomia



A list of all IOANNIDIS' works (musical works, lyrics, essays, translations of classical texts) is available at his WORKS page.


ESSAYS on music and media


MP3 files of his musical works  are available for downloading at the Ioannidis Mp3 page


Works  of interest to classicists and composers 

The Music of Ancient Greeks    an approach to the original singing of the Homeric epics and the lyrical poetry of the 8th-5th century B.C.

MUSIC and RELIGION (extant ancient Greek religious songs, Byzantine chant, Gregorian chant, Quranic chant)

Oedipus Rex English opera. Audio excerpt of this work is available online in mp3 format. Also available is the complete Greek text of Sophocles' tragedy "Oedipus the king".


Works  of interest to poets and lyricists Ancient Greek epic and lyrical poems translated into English by Ioannidis  (The original Greek texts are also available on the same page) 


LYRICS   (to songs from the albums Mass insanity , BE A MASTER OF YOUR FATE! ,  AREN'T YOU FED UP? ) dealing with the dominant political, social, and ethical issues of our time: the erosion of the nation state, globalization, terrorism, the moral and cultural decadence of modern society.


Works  of interest to music performers

Instrumental performance:12-string Guitar Works (12 string classical guitar), Mass insanity (electric guitar, fretless guitar), The Music of Ancient Greeks   (ancient Greek instruments -ancient kithara, aulos, ethnic percussion).

Vocal performance: MUSIC and RELIGION (including some tracks with performance of ancient Greek instruments)

Visit also the page: ANCIENT GREEK INSTRUMENTS with information about ancient stringed instruments and replicas of some of them

Purchasing information

This song and all other works by this composer are available to download  at the  DOWNLOADS page



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