A depiction of the north and south ice caps, as ‘icy scabs at either end of the earth’.  And then having them wince in their sleep as Achilles’ distant scream reaches them from its middling latitude.

See also the bestellar reviews, complete with rich quote-mosaics, of Adam Nicolson’s magnificent Why Homer Matters and Logue’s War Musica muscular rendition of several books of the Iliad. 


‘He lifts his face to 90; draws his breath;

And from the bottom of his heart emits

So long and loud and terrible a scream

The icy scabs at either end of earth

Winced in their sleep.’


Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 190

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