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Why the Iliad is great

What makes a great work of literature. Or put it another way why is the Iliad a great work. I have just spent the last eight months reading the Iliad. I started off reading each of the first twelve books … Continue reading

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Seeing things in the dark

if you are tired and it’s dark without any lights and you are walking down a road, the objects in the road seem to take on a strange shape. Your mind see trees as giants and you see strange things … Continue reading

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Like a cow stands over her calf

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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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