Monthly Archives: December 2014

Love’s anguish

From a garden of Greek verses edited by Francis Lincoln Γλύκεια μᾶτερ, οὔ τοι δύναμαι κρέκην τὸν ἴστον, πόθῳ δάμεισα παῖδος βραδίναν δἰ Ἀφρόδιταν. Sappho Mother, I cannot mind my wheel; My fingers ache, my lips are dry: O, if … Continue reading

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Two headed pig

This is from Philogelos’ book of jokes. The butt of many of his jokes was the clueless student or scholast. He might be learned but completely lacked common sense. Σχολαστικὸς συμφοιτητὰς ἐπὶ δεῖπνον καλέσας, ἐπαινεσάντων αὐτῶν ὑὸς κεφαλὴν καὶ ἀξιωσάντων … Continue reading

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Wise man aren’t philosophers

The true philosopher is not the one who knows the answer but the one who is looking for it. θεῶν οὐδεὶς φιλοσοφεῖ οὐδ᾽ ἐπιθυμεῖ σοφὸς γενέσθαι—ἔστι γάρ—οὐδ᾽ εἴ τις ἄλλος σοφός, οὐ φιλοσοφεῖ. None of the gods are philosophers nor … Continue reading

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Poor old Dolon

In book 10 of the Iliad, Dolon volunteers to spy for the Trojans on condition he gets the horses of Achilles. They would have been useless to him because only Achilles can control them. On his way to the Greek … Continue reading

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Jealousy

There is a Roman Villa in Skala in Kephalonia with an interesting mosaic.This depicts four large cats (a tiger, a lion, a panther and a leopard?? ) attacking a man with some writing underneath. When I visited a few years … Continue reading

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Gifts to Achilles

The gifts that Achilles would have had from Agamemnon are probably more lavish than what got for Christmas but I don’t know what I would have done with them. ἂψ ἐθέλω ἀρέσαι δόμεναί τ᾽ ἀπερείσι᾽ ἄποινα. ὑμῖν δ᾽ ἐν πάντεσσι … Continue reading

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An ancient Santa Claus

Well maybe not! Just Helios on his chariot.

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