Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wavy tail

τὸν αἰέλουρον κακὸν ἔχοντ᾽ ἐὰν ἴδῃς κλαίεις, ἐγὼ δ᾽ ἥδιστ᾽ ἀποκτείνας δέρω. If you see a cat suffering you cry, but I would quite happily kill it and skin it. Athenaius. 7.55 (quoting Antiphanes) The above was part of a … Continue reading

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Mangling Greek

Πρέσβυς: ἄγε δὴ σὺ βασιλεὺς ἅττα σ᾽ ἀπέπεμψεν φράσον λέξοντ᾽ Ἀθηναίοισιν ὦ Ψευδαρτάβα. Ψευδαρτάβας: ἰαρταμὰν ἐξάρξαν ἀπισσόνα σάτρα. Πρέσβυς: ξυνήκαθ᾽ ὃ λέγει; Δικαιόπολις: μὰ τὸν Ἀπόλλω ‘γὼ μὲν οὔ. Πρέσβυς: πέμψειν βασιλέα φησὶν ὑμῖν χρυσίον. λέγε δὴ σὺ μεῖζον καὶ … Continue reading

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The price of Classic books.

Ἀναξαγόρου οἴει κατηγορεῖν, ὦ φίλε Μέλητε; καὶ οὕτω καταφρονεῖς τῶνδε καὶ οἴει αὐτοὺς ἀπείρους γραμμάτων εἶναι ὥστε οὐκ εἰδέναι ὅτι τὰ Ἀναξαγόρου βιβλία τοῦ Κλαζομενίου γέμει τούτων τῶν λόγων; καὶ δὴ καὶ οἱ νέοι ταῦτα παρ᾽ ἐμοῦ μανθάνουσιν, ἃ ἔξεστιν … Continue reading

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Baths, Bricks and Labyrinths

ἔκ ῥ᾽ ἀσαμίνθου βῆ δέμας ἀθανάτοισιν ὁμοῖος, πὰρ δ᾽ ὅ γε Νέστορ᾽ ἰὼν κατ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἕζετο, ποιμένα λαῶν. He (Telemachus) stepped out of the bath, in his body like the immortals, and went and set down next to Nestor, the … Continue reading

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The murmur of innumerable bees

I like it when Homer gets onomatopoeic. For example in the following simile I feel that I am hearing the bees that Homer heard almost 3000 years ago. It transports me back in time. ἐπεσσεύοντο δὲ λαοί. ἠΰτε ἔθνεα εἶσι … Continue reading

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The difficulty of Homer

I am currently reading the Iliad. I was previously reading Aeschylus compared to whom Homer is a doddle. Homer’s style is very simple and although his vocabulary and syntax differs from standard Attic Greek you can overcome this. However there … Continue reading

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Would you mount a fury?

Ἀπόλλων ὕπνῳ πεσοῦσαι δ᾽ αἱ κατάπτυστοι κόραι, γραῖαι παλαιαὶ παῖδες, αἷς οὐ μείγνυται θεῶν τις οὐδ᾽ ἄνθρωπος οὐδὲ θήρ ποτε Apollo These horrible virgins have fallen asleep, old women, ancient children, whom no god or man or beast ever mounts. … Continue reading

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