[B-Greek] Iliad, anyone?
philosopher at creighton.edu
Fri Apr 22 19:06:18 EDT 2005
On Apr 22, 2005, at 1:18 PM, Keith Saare wrote:
> My resources for studying classical are very scarce. I am relying upon
> Liddell & Scott (L&S) and my NT grammars.
Beware the dual (see line 6) - this isn't in NT Greek. : ) A couple of
Homeric lexicons would be good.
Other than the standard lexicons in Homeric Greek and grammar,
Autenrieth, Pharr., I like "Iliad Book 1" by Draper, "Homer, Iliad I"
by Pulleyn to get you into the language, meter, and its peculiarities.
> * OULOMENHN - L&S lexical form: OULOMENOS (Aor. Mid. Part. Acc. Fem.
> Sg.), modifies MHNIN and used as adjective, "destructive."
Remember this is poetry with meter and rules about meter, the words per
line is important unlike the NT; a different kind of syntax is at work.
OULOMENHN is an example of enjambment - the grammatical sense of the
line and the line overrun to the next line. The wrath of Achilles is
so destructive it overruns the hexameter meter of the line, one could
say. In a way he is using the same word in the first two lines as
emphasis. "Wrath" is the first word for a reason - it's the theme of
Wrath sing, O goddess, of Achilles, Son of Peleus,
the hellish [wrath] that...
...is my translation. OULOMENHN = "that by which one says 'go to
blazes!'", so my "hellish." It's terrible and awful and Homer wants to
"...if the unexamined life is not worth living, the unlived life is
not worth examining..."
("Continental Philosophy" (Oxford UP)).
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