Literary Translation from English to Greek and Latin

24/7 Human Support
1 Year Guarantee
95,000 Business Customers

Literary Translation from English to Greek and Latin

January 27, 2013

By Ofer Tirosh

English to Latin and English to Greek Translation

This particular recent translation was so different, and the subject matter unique, that it was difficult coming up with an appropriate title and name for the project and the URL.  While it is called an "epitaph," by the client, not a lot of people are in need of "epitaph" translation services.  However, while the text which needed English to Greek translation, as well as English to Latin, was indeed an epitaph, it was also an excerpt from an old literary text, therefore making it a literary translation. 

It was interesting to at first explore what to make of this, when I was skimming the projects. The epitaph seemed not to be directed at a person, but rather a concept.  This makes for very interesting - and challenging - translation. It is also a great example of how professional translation services - and translators - must keep the voice of the author, as well as meaning, tone, pace, humorous content, and many other literary elements within a professional Greek translation.

For example, an excerpt from the document reads "Humor now leaves behind a single despairing bastard child that goes by the name Umour" - after being introduced to "Humour," a character who has just passed away, leaving behind relatives of Laughter, Comedy, Farce, and so on.  This metaphorical epitaph is certainly one of the most creative literary translations we have received recently.  If nothing else, it is a great illustration of the kinds of document translations that come through here and present challenges to our fabulous translators, whether for a Latin or Greek translation or another typical business translation from German to English.

Why choose us

24/7 Human Support

1 Year Guarantee

95,000 Business Customers

Ready to get started?

Translate Now

Want to tell us more about your needs?

Contact Us

Get In



Tomedes Ltd - USA 9450

SW Gemini Dr #34540,


OR 97008-7105

Call : +1 985 239 0142


26 HaRokmim st.

Azrieli Business Center, Building C, 7th floor,

Holon 5885849, Israel

Call : +972 (0)72 220 0700


International House,

12 Constance Street,

London, E16 2DQ

Call: +44 (0)16 1509 6140

*I agree to Tomedes' Privacy Policy by submitting this form.