Helen’s Weaving: An Archetype for Homer’s Poem

Il. 3.121-128 Iris then went as a messenger to white-armed Helen, Looking for all the world like the wife of Antênor’s son, sister-in-law, The wife of the lord of Helikaon, Antênor’s son, Laodikê, The most beautiful of Priam’s daughters, Who found her at home. She was weaving on her great loom, A double-folded garment, in … Continue reading Helen’s Weaving: An Archetype for Homer’s Poem

Fighting Over Helen Just Might Make Sense

Homer, Iliad 3.3.146-160   The men who were near Priam, Panthoos, Thymoites Lampos, Klutios, and Hiketaôn, the descendent of Ares, Were Oukalegôn and Antênôr, two intelligent men. The council of elders sat there on the Skaian gates Slowed by old age, but still fine public speakers Something like cicadas who sit on the leaf Of a … Continue reading Fighting Over Helen Just Might Make Sense

Homer, Iliad 3.146-160: Fighting Over Helen Makes Some Sense…

Palaiophron brought out a great passage from Herodotus that shows the historian trying to make sense of the mythical accounts of the Trojan War. In the Iliad, Homer actually has Antenor suggest in an assembly in book 7 that the Trojans should give her back. But before then, the elders speak on the topic:   … Continue reading Homer, Iliad 3.146-160: Fighting Over Helen Makes Some Sense…