Monthly Archives: October 2014

Health, wealth and good looks

Σωκράτης οἴομαι γάρ σε ἀκηκοέναι ἐν τοῖς συμποσίοις ᾀδόντων ἀνθρώπων τοῦτο τὸ σκολιόν, ἐν ᾧ καταριθμοῦνται ᾁδοντες ὅτι “ὑγιαίνειν μὲν ἄριστόν” ἐστιν, τὸ δὲ “δεύτερον καλὸν γενέσθαι, τρίτον δέ”, ὥς φησιν ὁ ποιητὴς τοῦ σκολιοῦ, “τὸ πλουτεῖν ἀδόλως”. Plat. Gorg. … Continue reading

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Citrus, an antidote to poison

ὅτι δὲ καὶ προλαμβανόμενον τὸ κιτρίον πάσης τροφῆς ξηρᾶς τε καὶ ὑγρᾶς ἀντιφάρμακόν ἐστι παντὸς δηλητηρίου εὖ οἶδα, μαθὼν παρὰ πολίτου ἐμοῦ πιστευθέντος τὴν τῆς Αἰγύπτου ἀρχήν. οὗτος κατεδίκασέ τινας γενέσθαι θηρίων βορὰν κακούργους εὑρεθέντας, καὶ ἔδει αὐτοὺς ἀσπίσι τοῖς … Continue reading

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What Achilles and his men were doing

ἀλλ᾽ ὃ μὲν ἐν νήεσσι κορωνίσι ποντοπόροισι κεῖτ᾽ ἀπομηνίσας Ἀγαμέμνονι ποιμένι λαῶν Ἀτρεΐδῃ: λαοὶ δὲ παρὰ ῥηγμῖνι θαλάσσης δίσκοισιν τέρποντο καὶ αἰγανέῃσιν ἱέντες 775τόξοισίν θ᾽: ἵπποι δὲ παρ᾽ ἅρμασιν οἷσιν ἕκαστος λωτὸν ἐρεπτόμενοι ἐλεόθρεπτόν τε σέλινον ἕστασαν: ἅρματα δ᾽ εὖ … Continue reading

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Landlocked cities with ships?

τῶν ἦρχ᾽ Ἀγκαίοιο πάϊς κρείων Ἀγαπήνωρ ἑξήκοντα νεῶν: πολέες δ᾽ ἐν νηῒ ἑκάστῃ Ἀρκάδες ἄνδρες ἔβαινον ἐπιστάμενοι πολεμίζειν. αὐτὸς γάρ σφιν δῶκεν ἄναξ ἀνδρῶν Ἀγαμέμνων νῆας ἐϋσσέλμους περάαν ἐπὶ οἴνοπα πόντον Ἀτρεΐδης, ἐπεὶ οὔ σφι θαλάσσια ἔργα μεμήλει. Agapenor, the … Continue reading

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The wild she-bear

Liddell and Scott say that ἄρκτος bear is feminine and all instances of the masculine are dubious. To me this is somewhat surprising. You would have thought that a ferocious animal like a bear would at least on some occasions … Continue reading

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Evolution of milk drinking

αὐτὰρ ἐπεὶ Κύκλωψ μεγάλην ἐμπλήσατο νηδὺν ἀνδρόμεα κρέ᾽ ἔδων καὶ ἐπ᾽ ἄκρητον γάλα πίνων, κεῖτ᾽ ἔντοσθ᾽ ἄντροιο τανυσσάμενος διὰ μήλων. Hom. Od. 9.281 But when Cyclops had filled his great stomach by eating the flesh of men and then drinking … Continue reading

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Lack of female companions for the Greeks at Troy

In the Iliad, we don’t hear much about the common soldiers. But there is an exception. This is when Thersites complains in the assembly about the uneven distribution of the spoils of war. This is a bit of the Iliad … Continue reading

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