Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Rage -- Goddess,

This article caught my attention by mentioning that Americans could better identify the Seven Dwarves than their Supreme Court justices.

Imagine my horror when I found out that "Just over 60 percent of respondents were able to name Bart as Homer's son on the television show "The Simpsons," while only 20.5 percent were able to name one of the ancient Greek poet Homer's epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey."

Rage -- Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.

-from the Robert Fagles translation of Homer's Iliad

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