July 11th, 2005

Dead Dog Cat

pondering

I'm listening to a series of lectures on the Epic in literature, and one of the initial topics dealt with Homer and his two works (assuming Homer is only one entity, and that's a whole other discussion).

In the Greek culture in ancient days, personal excellence, and personal honor were paramount. Therefore, Achilles and Agamemnon didn't give a hoot about who else got hurt while they dealt with their fight/honor. Each of the following were excellent in one aspect or another: Helen, Achilles, Odysseus, Agamemnon.

Who would you rather be?