As the Greeks gather for war, the goddess Athena rallies them.


‘The Daughter Prince, ash-eyed Athena, flew

Her father’s awning, called the Aegis, blue,

Broad as an upright sky, a second sky

Over their shoulders rippling estuary,

And turned the pad

Of tassel-ankled feet…’


Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 79

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