Monthly Archives: April 2015

Magical wedding gifts

Peleus was the father of Achilles who married  a goddess of the sea Thetis. There was possibly an old story that at his wedding Peleus received three magical gifts – a suit of armour which no weapon could pierce, a … Continue reading

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Saw toothed dogs

When Homer describes something. It is often difficult to picture it in your mind. One example is  this when he gives a simile containing saw toothed dogs. As when two saw toothed dogs skilled in hunting keep harrying a young … Continue reading

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As fast as imagination

This is one of Homer’s simile that is easy to relate to. We can think of places we have been and travel to them in our mind. That’s how quickly Hera could travel. So he (Zeus) spoke and white armed … Continue reading

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Sappho at the Bodleian

After it seems years of being invisible behind large boards, the main Bodleian library in Oxford has suddenly reappeared with a brand new foyer cafe etc and an exhibition called “Marks of genius” with some amazing exhibits – a first … Continue reading

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The galloping horses

I am including this passage from the chariot race in book 23 of the Iliad because in the last three words he imitates the sound of galloping horses. (Kephalas katathente petesthen) After the mares, the Trojan stallions of Diomedes came … Continue reading

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Scribd

There are now a large number of Internet resources for those trying to read Ancient Greek. Number one has to be Perseus which I discussed in another post . Another facility that I have found really useful is Scribd. This is a site … Continue reading

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Lions in Homer

We are told that the Homer used similes so that the listener could relate the experiences in his epic to everyday experiencesof their own. If this is so, you wouldn’t have been able to throw a stone in the time … Continue reading

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