Thursday, April 6, 2017

TFBT: Quotes and Links, Part XXV

I can't believe it!  After re-posting quotes I find interesting for quite a while, I finished. 

 "A Roman...praising...called him the last of the Greeks, implying...Greece produced no great man after him" Plutarch on Philopoemen
"A momentous discovery that destroyed the prejudice of the blind academics who had mocked him (Schliemann) Troy by Nick McCarty

"A cult image or sanctuary must always be given a friendly greeting...even if one is simply passing by."

"3000 Oceanides...and as many again are the rest of the Rivers." (Theogony 337) Were there that many rivers in the world that Hesiod knew?

"[Herakles] struck her (Hera) beside the right breast w/a tri-barbed arrow... the pain he gave her could not be quieted." Iliad 5. 382

"...this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead." Philippians 3:13 I love "straining forward"

"...I put my lips to the hands of the man who has killed my children.”So he spoke, and stirred in the other a passion of grieving' Iliad

"...he is tired of life, and thinks of nothing but how he may once more see the smoke of his own chimneys." Odyssey 1.58

"(Thou art) a greater evil than thy monster-bearing mother"

"(The gods feasting on Mt. Olympus) is striking that for the gods this situation seems to be an invention of epic" Tobias Anthony Myers

"(Priam) has children" (XX 183)’An ironic understatement!’" Best of the Achaeans, Gregory Nagy.

"(Of Darius) Did you know...that Alexander used his rival's treasure chest to store Homer's poems?" The Club Dumas by Reverte

"(Helen) knew not that both these heroes (her brothers) were already lying under the earth in their own land of Lacedaemon". Iliad 3.244

"(Cronus) kept devouring his own sons; whilst a grief not-to-be-forgotten possessed (his wife) Rhea” J.Banks

"(Aristotle's) ethical works include self-love as a kind of philia”

“Who could think the Trojans would migrate to evening lands?" Aeneid 3.188

“What a man sows on the field of battle, he has the right to reap in history.”Adventures in Czarist Russia, Alexandre Dumas

“Trust not in Dis!" Seneca

“Troy would be torn down through Achilles’ lineage".

“They chose to inhabit an unfertile land and rule rather than sow a plain and be slaves to others."  Herodotus

“The Zeus of Homer does not feel perfectly secure; he threatens too much..."  J.A.K. Thomson"

“The Oracle in its reply said that they would fare well if they took counsel with the majority." Pausanias [1.43.3]

“the one who is most terrifying, but, for humans, also most gentle." (Bacchae 861) Yeah, that accurately describes the effects of wine.

“The ire of the goddesses was kindled against Troy,". Nice phrase

“The fatal hope of the war being quickly ended...I fear rather that we may leave it as a legacy to our children”. King Archidamas

"Raptured Ganymede’s honors."  Nice euphemism for rape and immortality

"Paradoxical and dangerous power... accrues to even the potential breaker of taboos”.

"Myth is...a magnificent and concerted attempt to respond in secular form to the question of the good life.” Luc Ferry

"Inflamed by Fury he started to devise the way he could avenge the death of his father."

"If Aphrodite comes in smaller doses, no other god is so desirable. "Medea  630-31

"I fear Greeks bringing gifts."

"Fear symbolized by the fallen hydria consistently shown on visual representations of the death of Opheltes”Corinne Ondine Pache,

"(Like the sickle before it) The thunderbolt is yet another child of Gaia”.  .


  1. Priam has children only in the sense in which Niobe has children.