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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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An ox sanctuary

If you go round Greece today, you may see donkey sanctuaries. Until recently donkeys were extensively used but were often ill treated at least to English sensibilities and so often the sanctuaries were set up by English people. Well even … Continue reading

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Lions and lionesses

In this passage from the Iliad, Homer compares the two warriors called Ajax to two lions snatching a goat from under some dogs, presumably after a hunt. Richard Janko, a Homeric scholar, says that this is unrealistic because lions do … Continue reading

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Which book of the Iliad to start on.

When you study Greek at school as opposed to university, you never read works in their entirety but a chapter here or there. For example one book of the Iliad, one book of the Odyssey, a book of Thucydides etc. … Continue reading

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Sylvester and Tweetie Pie

From the Greek Anthology 7.205 Agathias Scholasticus Οἰκογενὴς αἴλουρος ἐμὴν πέρδικα φαγοῦσα ζώειν ἡμετέροις ἔλπεται ἐν μεγάροις·οὔ σε, φίλε πέρδιξ, φθιμένην ἀγέραστον ἐάσω, ἀλλ’ ἐπὶ σοὶ κτείνω τὴν σέθεν ἀντιβίην.ψυχὴ γὰρ σέο μᾶλλον ὀρίνεται, εἰσόκε ῥέξω ὅσσ’ ἐπ’ Ἀχιλλῆος Πύρρος … Continue reading

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