Agamemnon appealing to God with a sour grape Greek’s spitting contempt for the Trojans, like a school yard bully’s name-calling assault on another child. Here implying the Trojans are treacherous in first calling truces and then breaking them.

How little some things change – we’ve been subjected to months of no sooner hearing that a ceasefire has been called in Syria than both sides start blaming the other for breaking it.

 

‘And in Your own good time You will reduce

Truce-calling Troy, truce-spoiling Troy,

Oathmaking Troy, oathbreaking Troy, to dust.’

 

Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 131

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