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April 19, 2004


The Angry Clam

Well, it is around papers/exams time for us- that had some influence.

And that passage about the Trojans. Ouch. Although, from just reading the Iliad, it's a fairly easy conclusion to draw, as they are described very similarly.

However, some things do stand out. At one point, Homer describes the speech of the Trojans (their accent) as being softer than that of the Achaians. I wish I could recall the section off the top of my head to give you a quotation.

The style of warfare can possibly be considered different as well from the beginning of Book III, although it could both be an overreading or an anachronism from the early days of phalanx organization. There, the Trojans are described as surging forward screaming, while the Achaians march silently in fixed lines.

Little things, I know, but when everything one reads has been analyzed for 2,000 years already, that becomes the classicist's stock in trade.


Gosh, perhaps my student wasn't as poorly prepared as I imagined.

Still, "mice-and-ians" is rather nice. One imagines some small rodents and Scotsmen.

The Angry Clam

Proof that it isn't what you say, but how you say it.

I think that I actually read a paper (or a book) on this once, it might have been by Gregory Nagy. I'll see if I can find it.

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