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|November 7, 2017||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
Anger [mēnis], goddess, sing it, of Achilles, son of Peleus— disastrous [oulomenē] anger that made countless pains [algea] for the Achaeans, and many steadfast lives [psūkhai] it drove down to Hādēs, heroes’ lives, but their bodies it made prizes for dogs [kuōn, pl.] and for all birds, and the Will of Zeus was reaching its fulfillment [telos].
In this very familiar passage at the start of the Iliad we see the threat of the horrific prospect of bodies being eaten by dogs: a taboo. But did this ever happen? How did ancient Greek texts and art portray dogs? Read more…