The Iliad, Book Three: Helen Eyes the Field

The armies have marched toward each other until they stand face to face. Paris struts his stuff, challenging the Greeks to fight him “face-to-face in mortal combat.” When Menelaus sees this “flaunting”, he’s just about licking his chops. He can’t wait to get him some Paris. Homer describes Menelaus as

like a lion lighting on some handsome carcass,
lucky to find an antlered stag or a wild goat just as hunger strikes –
he rips it, bolts it down…

[Continues on the Iliad Page]

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2 responses to “The Iliad, Book Three: Helen Eyes the Field

  1. Not sure if you’ve read this, but The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War would be a terrific reading companion for you, right now. I resisted and resisted it, because I didn’t think anyone could have anything new to add. Then it turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. It’s extraordinarily well written.

  2. Great! It’s available at my library and I’ve just placed a hold AND “All day permanent red” is ready for me to pick up! Good times!

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