Monthly Archives: January 2015

Homer and feminism

In a recent post on Homer and violence, I speculated on one of the reasons why Homer’s Iliad should be banned namely for extreme and graphic violence. Another reason is his attitude to women. For the most part women are … Continue reading

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Roses and parsley

I wonder why parsley is associated with flowers here unless the word is also used for a type of flowering plant. How would you imitate parsley in a dance? ἦν δὲ καὶ παρὰ τοῖς ἰδιώταις ἡ καλουμένη ἄνθεμα. ταύτην δὲ … Continue reading

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They told me Heraclitus

I remember one of my classics masters at school saying that this is the only poem he knows where the translation is better than the original. The translation was made famous by being included in the Oxford Book of English … Continue reading

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Homer and violence

Many years ago I read a book called “uncommon law” by A.P.Herbert. Herbert wrote imaginary court cases which could conceivably happen if the law was applied to the letter. One of his imaginary cases was the crown against the headmaster … Continue reading

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Theseus’ boat

The boat that took Theseus to Crete as well as the tribute of seven young men and seven young women whom Theseus saved by killing the Minotaur was kept by the Athenians in thanks for their safe return. Later it … Continue reading

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Odysseus the short

In book 3 of the Iliad, Helen, from the top of a Trojan tower, points out to Priam some of the Greek heros. First Priam asks “who is this Achaean man, so noble and tall. Yet there are others taller … Continue reading

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The dangers of pearl fishing

κινδυνεύουσι δ᾽ οἱ θηρῶντες τοὺς μαργαρίτας, ὅταν εἰς κεχηνότα κόγχον κατ᾽ εὐθὺ ἐκτείνωσι τὴν χεῖρα: μύει γὰρ τότε, καὶ πολλάκις οἱ δάκτυλοι αὐτῶν ἀποπρίονται: ἔνιοι δὲ καὶ παραχρῆμα ἀποθνῄσκουσιν. ὅσοι δ᾽ ἂν ἐκ πλαγίου ὑποθέντες τὴν χεῖρα τύχωσι, ῥᾳδίως τοὺς … Continue reading

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