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The sacred fish

Yesterday’s post had a quote from the Iliad with a simile about a fisherman catching a sacred fish. Well what is a sacred fish? Athenaeus has quite a long discussion on this – this is an extract. Being lazy I’ve … Continue reading

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Iliad and blockbusters

Some people make a distinction between high art and entertainment. The Iliad is high art, a literary masterpiece and one of the pinnacles of Western civilisation. On the entertainment side you have books and films such as James Bond, Rambo, … Continue reading

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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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Patroclus heals Eurypylos

The common garden plant Achillea, also known as yarrow, was named after Achilles from this passage in the Iliad. It is supposed to be the plant which supplied the root with which Patroclus healed Eurypylos. It also has the names … Continue reading

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The scented robe

Homer composed his epics in – well who knows? Many academics have earned their crust by debating this question – but one thing is certain that there are places where he refers back to times centuries before his poems were … Continue reading

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The snake and the eagle

In my last post I talked about the Ashmolean cast gallery and the reconstructions of how sculptures looked when painted. Here’s one with a shield with a picture that seems to illustrate this passage from the Iliad -except the snake … 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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