Zeus here neatly rebuffs his daughter Athene’s requests. I like his suitably arch reaction, which puts all supplicants in their petty place, even gorgeous goddesses, allowing the god of gods to just hang out on Olympus undisturbed.

‘Child, I am God,

Please do not bother me with practicalities.’

Logue’s rendition of Homer’s Iliad is a compact masterpiece of muscular, original writing – see the bestellar review here, complete with a rich mosaic of quotes and metaphors.

Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 121

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