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The surge and thunder of the Odyssey

This poem is at the beginning of Butcher and Lang’s translation of the Odyssey. Just as Odysseus escapes from Circe back to the sea, so we escape from the overblown modern world and its literature back to the simplicity of … 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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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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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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And all the ways grew dark

Hom. Od. 2.388 δύσετό τ᾽ ἠέλιος σκιόωντό τε πᾶσαι ἀγυιαί Now the sun set and all the ways grew dark Many years ago – 1971 to be precise – I spent a month in Greece wandering around the Peloponese and … Continue reading

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