Wednesday, January 30, 2008

black wine and feasting

Didn't Homer sing "oinois melantatos aristos." ?

Mayn't there be black wine and feasting betimes at ?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Anger of Achilles

The Iliad calls Achilles' psychic state following the slaying of Patroclus 'oulomenos'; i.e., an 'utter rage' similar to the berserker state.
It is heroic because it is so beyond the everyday human as to be godlike.
One sees in Synge's play, _Playboy of the Western World_ that 'oloumenos' there is also revered and the young maidens line up in their shifts (nightgowns) for the hero.

"Homer and his guide" painted by Bouguereau:

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


"Ein blauer Augenblick ist nur mehr Seele." aus "Sebastian im Traum: Kindheit"
von Georg Trakl.

In English: "A blue moment is onlymore soul."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


lollygagging seems to be one of those anglo-irish expressions which are related to Ancient Greek.

mh lalagein. : Quit your lollygagging!

pheu toutou. : Phooey on that!

Nietzsche delighting in the Odes of Horace

"Aetas parentum pejor avis tulit nos nequiores,
mox daturos progeniem vitiosiorem." --Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Odes, III. 6.

"Our parents' days our grandsires and our granddams used to curse.
Compare us with our parents -- ponder our degeneration!
And gosh, our kids are getting even worse!" --Franklin Adams translation

Horace may be critical in this century as collective mind, now promotedby the technocrats as well as the socialists, threatens to annihilatethe value and nobility of the individual.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ugolino and sons...

Ah, the irony of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's placement of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's "Ugolino and sons"! One might, I suppose, call it 'Dantesque'.


There are several different ancient Greek spellings of this goddess' name as you will find in the marvellous Theoi Project pages for her. The second page, the cult page shows those various spellings. The LSJ Greek Lexicon entry for her is under 'Eileithuia', showing the derivation from a participial form of erchomai, "eluth- she that comes in need".

Retelling the classic Greek myths

This Martin Luther King holiday [official in USA] in the bleak heart of winter seems an apt time to read the Guardian's highly literate retelling of the Classic Greek Myths by a top humanities and Greek scholar, James Davidson.
I've enjoyed the introduction bythe director of the British Museum and will proceed to read more todayand later. There was a substantial amount of good poetry in the introduction.,,2237230,00.html

Sunday, January 20, 2008

um den Marsch: Ritter von Mussinan

Ludwig Ritter von Mussinan (Feb.5,1826 - May 24, 1908) was alieutenant-general with the Royal Bavarian Army.When he was 19, he voluntarily enlisted in the Royal BavarianArmy's 'Prinzregent Luitpold Feldartillerieregiment' in Munich.For his outstanding bravery (sein tapferes Verhalten) in the Battle ofSedan on the first of September, 1870 during theGerman-French War, he was decorated (ausgezeichnet) with the highestmilitary award of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the'Militar-Max-Joseph-Orden, raised to the nobility' and given thetitle: 'Ritter von'.During his time as Supreme Commandant of the Fourth Royal BavarianField-artillery Regiments 'Koenig' in Augsburg,his staff trumpeter, Carl Karl (1830- 1898), dedicated the "MussinanMarch" to him. This march is moreover the commandmarch of the Medical Corps, 'Graf-Aswin-Kaserne" stationed in Bogen.You may see and hear it played, 'Trio langsam',by the 'Heeresmusikkorps 4 Regensburg' in close order drill [like a chorus in an Ancient Greek tragic play] at thewebpage:


Friday, January 18, 2008


"Callicles, Thrasymachus, Glaucon, Platon, Antiphon orate pro nobis."
from 'The Litany of St. Martin Luther King'

"Whom does the Graal serve?"
from the Grail Legend

Monday, January 07, 2008

Where did global warming go?

Will the millions of underwater volcanos which have been heating up the oceans bring on another ice age? Climate scientists who are not on the 'funding leash' say it's only a question of time.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

STRATEGERIES for the New Year (2008)

A new word for a new year: strategerie being a set of startegies. I heard Rush Limbaugh use it on his radio program this morning: "Hillary has lots of strategeries..." There are those in wwwland who attribute the word to a peacenik lampoon of President George W. Bush; mayhap they were basing themselves on a creative blunder of their Commander-in-Chief? Who knows?