Saturday, July 20, 2013

TFBT: Random Notes during Hour 23

“In the character of wailers the operation of the Sirens is conceived as altogether kindly and consoling. As denizens of Hades, they approached the newly arrived shades of the departed, proclaimed to them the laws of the dusky realm, and by their soothing songs they steeped the soul in a sweet oblivion of past cares and sorrows, and filled it with the knowledge and the love of the divine and the immortal.”  THE SIRENS IN ANCIENT LITERATURE AND ART,  W C Perry

“Pausanias relates that when Sophocles— the purest and noblest of writers—died, the god Dionysos ordered the Athenians to worship him 'as a new Siren ;' and that, in a dream about Sophocles, a Siren was seen with the poet's compositions in her hand”  THE SIRENS IN ANCIENT LITERATURE AND ART,  WCPerry

" I happened to be seated close to him, at his right hand. I was sitting on a kind of stool, while he was lying on a couch that was quite a bit higher than where I was. So then he stroked my head and fondled the locks of hair along my neck - he had this way of playing with my hair whenever he had a chance." (Phaedo 89 by Plato)  This is the Socrates’ disciple Phaedo speaking of himself and his master.  Sound kind of like “the disciple whom Christ loved the best” and his Lord.

“I keep seeing Achilles stepping off that chariot drawn by four galloping horses at vertiginous speed, hitting the ground running in the midst of all these other chariots and horses, the ear-shattering noise, the dust, and he's running for life and death, à la vie à la mort. You'd have to be young to do that.”  Dcaillat in Hour 23 of The Ancient Greek Hero.

“I  don't really know, but I feel like (The Iliad) it is all for the choices we are called to make in life, the risks, the friendships, the battles, the losses, the ones who die, the ones who survive, love, anger, life. Achilles is the innocent arrogance of youth that forges its existence in the premature battle with death, thus the unknown. I fail to see revenge in their actions, I see the archetypal fear of disconnection.” AngelinaPateli in Hour 23 of The Ancient Greek Hero course.

“What´s really expected of us "Greek ancient hero" students? Or... what gain will you have? Or.. what´s really going on? My answers:

1. You will read better. You will never read a book like you used to read. Specially, you will take care to not "read into" the texts you´ll be presented to.

 2. You will reflect on concepts - klea andron, hora, and so on -, that shaped a very complex, advanced and original society, the Ancient Greece. And understand how these concepts have a great role in the ideas of our own society.

3. Learning these old, complex, intrincated - and beautiful! - ways of seeing life and the world, death and poetry, love and justice, can be useful to help you to reflect what´s most important to yourself.”  Adboson in Hour 23
Even to this very day the songs of Homer have the power, at least for a few moments to free us from the fearful burden of the knowledge, experience and speculations, which thousands of years have loaded on our weary shoulders…and to let us sip the dew of the early morn of creation.”  “The Women of Homer”  WC Perry

Her name (Artemis) is probably derived from artemhs (untouched).    “The Women of Homer”  WC Perry

“…nymphs, we see them acting as messengers of the greater deities, as mediators between them and mortal men, generally as compassionate, loving and beneficent friends of the help and distressed. “  “The Women of Homer”  WC Perry

 “…from the scenes embroidered on this web (the one of purple web of double woof weaved by Helen) the divine Homer took the greater part of his history.” “The Women of Homer”  WC Perry

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