Monthly Archives: November 2014

A song for men to come

For Homer war is something dreadful and in which participants take no joy. None of his epithets are positive e.g. Πολυδακρυος bringing tears or αινος dreadful. There is one exception χάρμη which can be translated as joy in battle. But … Continue reading

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The power of love

I have a few anthologies of Greek verse on my bookshelf. One of them is a “Garden of Greek Verse” collected by Frances Lincoln. It has a fairly small selection of Greek poetry together with translations from a variety of … Continue reading

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Falling like fir trees

In book 5 of the Iliad, Homer describes the deaths of the twins Krethon and Orsilochos at the hands of Aeneas. After quite a long description of their courage and strength, he describes how they fell. The sound of the … Continue reading

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Grossness

Among other works, Theophrastus wrote the Characters, short sketches of various character types. Among these is the “bdeluros”. I have an edition of the characters edited by R.G.Ussher. He says that it is difficult to find a parallel for the … Continue reading

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The spring of Arethousa

Some years ago I went with my wife on a holiday to Ithaka. This little island has many things going for it. Because it has very little natural fresh water, most of its water is imported. This means that there … Continue reading

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Rivers stuffed with corpses

I was looking at the fragment of Archilochus that I had seen at the Ashmolean museum at Oxford – see https://platosparks.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/a-fragment-of-archilochus/ and sententiaeantiquae referred me to his paper at https://www.academia.edu/8216975/_with_E._T._E._Barker_Flight_Club_The_New_Archilochus_Fragment_and_its_Resonance_with_Homeric_Epic._Materiali_e_Discussioni_per_lAnalisi_dei_Testi_Classici_57_19-43 I may be a bit out of my depth here … Continue reading

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Extra terrestrial life forms

Athenaeus here is discussing the myth that Helen was hatched from an egg. It seems that there was some belief in extra-terrestrial life among the ancients. οὐκ εὖ δὲ Νεοκλῆς ὁ Κροτωνιάτης ἔφη ἀπὸ τῆς σελήνης πεσεῖν τὸ ᾠὸν ἐξ … Continue reading

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