Sunday, April 30, 2017

Iliad, lines 211-214

211      Strike him down with your words instead, just as much as you want to.
            This I will tell you in turn, and you mark my words, it will happen:
            someday, three times as many magnificent gifts will be yours, to
            pay for this brashness.  But now you have to hold back, and obey us.”

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Iliad I, lines 206-210

            Then in return, the gray-eyed goddess Athena responded:
            “I have come down here to curb your wrath, if you’ll only obey me—
            down from the heavens, for Hera the white-armed goddess has sent me,
            equally loving you both in her heart, and concerned for you likewise.
            Come, put an end to the fighting, and take your hand from the blade, too.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Iliad I, lines 199-205

199      Startled, Achilles turned round with amazement—he knew in an instant,
            Pallas Athena, with terrible glimmering eyes, stood before him.
            Facing her then to address her, he sent winged words to the goddess:
            “Why have you come here, daughter of Zeus who wields the aegis?
            Is it to witness the brashness of Atreus’ son Agamemnon?
            This I will tell you, and mark my words, I believe it will happen:
205      someday soon he will lose his life for his arrogant insults!”

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Iliad I, lines 193-198

193      As he was mulling it over within his mind and spirit,
            pulling his hefty blade from its sheath, Athena descended
            down from the heavens; for Hera the white-armed goddess had sent her,
            equally loving them both in her heart, and concerned for them likewise.
            Standing behind him, she grasped the golden hair of Pelides,
            only appearing to him, so that none of the others could see her.