The Iliad, Book Two: The Armies Gather

Zeus tosses and turns about his need to placate Thetis and not piss off Hera. How  does he put things in motion to “exalt” Achilles while slaughtering the Achaeans – the “long-haired Achaeans”? Ah, a dream of course. Perchance. So Zeus puts on his best Nestor face and visits the sleeping Agamemnon. When he awakens, Agamemnon has fallen for Zeus’ ploy, hook and line. And sinker too! He uses a bit of reverse psychology on his men to pump them up for the fight. Knute Rockne with a “kingly scepter”. Then he reverses course. Nine years is enough. Athena prods Odysseus and he tells the increasingly agitated army that Agamemnon was only kidding. [Continues on the Iliad page]

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2 responses to “The Iliad, Book Two: The Armies Gather

  1. The wonder of Logue’s masterworks isn’t just that he captures an Homeric sensuality so perfectly through the anachronistic language, but that he also manages to maintain the stark relevance of the Iliad. Which is one of the main reasons it’s not just extant but enduring.

    I thought you might enjoy this, Charlie: It’s an excerpt from “All Day Permanent Red” performed by Logue.All Day Permanent Red: An Extract.

  2. That was great, Pat. Thanks.

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