The Claremont Institute – Winged Words

October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Claremont Institute – Winged Words
http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1990/article_detail.asp

“What we know of ancient war, we have learned in large part from Homer. Though Homer is a poet and not a historian, what he shows us of the way men kill and die appears true. True in large part, one ought to qualify again: for Homer’s poems concern gods and heroes, the latter being men more than human in their terrible grandeur, bigger, faster, stronger than even the fiercest warriors of later times, and possessed of a violent ruthlessness in the pursuit of personal glory or vengeance or, sometimes, justice. Homeric epic is patently fantastic, then, but also undeniably real. The heroes’ deeds may be outsized beyond belief, yet their motives, and their brutal deaths, are universally familiar.”

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