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Sand Castles

Even Ancient Greek children liked building castles by the sea. ἔρειπε δὲ τεῖχος Ἀχαιῶν ῥεῖα μάλ᾽, ὡς ὅτε τις ψάμαθον πάϊς ἄγχι θαλάσσης, ὅς τ᾽ ἐπεὶ οὖν ποιήσῃ ἀθύρματα νηπιέῃσιν ἂψ αὖτις συνέχευε ποσὶν καὶ χερσὶν ἀθύρων. (Apollo) threw down … Continue reading

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Menelaus good at the war cry.

I have noticed that some Indians speak in quite high pitched voices. I went to India a couple of years ago and I can see why. Their pavements are crowded and noisy. They live outside more than us Northerners who … 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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On the shore of the sea.

ἕζετ᾽ ἔπειτ᾽ ἀπάνευθε κιὼν ἐπὶ θῖνα θαλάσσης, He went and sat apart on the shore of the sea. Odyssey 6.236 A few weeks ago I went for a walk along the sea shore. The sea was calm and the waves … Continue reading

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The unenviable life of the Gods

In the Homeric epics, the life of the Gods is portrayed as a life of unending pleasure with lots of feasting and other activities, punctuated by the occasional dispute. The life of men on the other hand is short and … Continue reading

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Eteocretans

Crete is a large mountainous island. It is not surprising that other people lived there apart from those of Greek origin. The following lines from the Odyssey list five different peoples. Κρήτη τις γαῖ᾽ ἔστι μέσῳ ἐνὶ οἴνοπι πόντῳ, καλὴ … Continue reading

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A goat free rock

We don’t know the meaning of every word in Homer. In the following simile Homer compares Agamemnon’s tears to the water of a dark spring trickling down a rock. The rock has the epithet αἰγίλιψ for which Liddell and Scott … Continue reading

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