Topic for Discussion

In Focus: Iliad 19, lines 76–138

"...I am not responsible [aitios]. |87 No, those who are really responsible are Zeus and Fate [Moira] and the Fury [Erinys] who roams in the mist. |88 They are the ones who, at the public assembly, had put savage derangement [atē] into my thinking [phrenes] |89 on that day when I myself deprived Achilles of his honorific portion [geras]. |90 But what could I do? The god is the one who brings everything to… Read more

Under Discussion: O Absent Signifier!

I first heard the term 'absent signifier' in the HeroesX discussion board posts from Lenny Mueller. Now that I have started reading more of Douglas Frame’s work, I see it there. It is a great phrase but if someone were to ask me what it means, defining it might be a little tricky. How does one define something that is not there? Perhaps I would say it means that the… Read more

In Focus: Iliad 23, lines 326–343

Standing over there is a stump of deadwood, a good reach above ground level. |328 It had been either an oak or a pine. And it hasn’t rotted away from the rains. |329 There are two white rocks propped against either side of it. |330 There it is, standing at a point where two roadways meet, and it has a smooth track on both sides of it for driving a… Read more

In Focus: Iliad 9.599–606

He [Nestor] was seen and noted by swift-footed radiant Achilles, who was standing on the spacious stern of his ship, watching the sheer pain [ponos] and tearful struggle of the fight. Then, all of a sudden, he called to his comrade [hetairos] Patroklos, calling from the ship, and he [Patroklos] from inside the tent heard him [Achilles], |604 and he [Patroklos] came out, equal [īsos] to Arēs, and here, I… Read more

Under Discussion: The Wine-dark Sea

One of the persistent topics in discussion was the mystery of the “wine-dark” or “wine-colored” sea. This phrase has been found and translated within Homeric poetry, the works of Hesiod, and is a phrase which continues to be used right up to today. But what does it mean? Is the sea really wine colored? Have you ever seen a purple sea, and could this actually happen in the achingly blue… Read more