The lobsters of Skopelos

The lobsters of Skopelos

Hyperbole, nothing like it when suitably blatant, creative and outrageous.  You couldn’t possibly eat one of these, only engage them in a civilized conversation about world affairs, or in a game of chess. See, from the same book, a similarly improbable yet...
Fast and strong

Fast and strong

Three triologisms to describe the fine, fast, strong ships that brought the Greeks to Troy. I particularly like ‘sea-wandering’. May you be fast-running and strong-benched, wherever you wander.    ‘… on that day when we went in our fast-running...
Here comes Hera

Here comes Hera

One goddess you should never cross, quick to rouse to wrath and terrible in her exactions. Divinely, drop-dead gorgeous, of course. There are several heart- prefixed triologisms in Homer, emphasizing the human pain, terror and sorrow of war and hostility; see, for...
In praise of the Greeks

In praise of the Greeks

Three triologisms describing the Greeks convey something expansive and vital, though the same could be said of the Trojans. However, I liked this amalgam of ‘great-hearted’, ‘flowing-haired’, and ‘glancing-eyed’, the last having...
Mamma turns up

Mamma turns up

A few signals to keep an eye out for so you don’t miss the moment a god may show up: it could be aural, olfactory, visual or just a change in temperature.  In this case it was the perfume of oceanic lavender that first hinted at the arrival of a goddess-mother,...
Helot-haunted lowlands

Helot-haunted lowlands

Helots were the serfs of ancient Sparta, from the town of Laconia and only a notch above slaves. They were sometimes induced to appear drunkenly before the youths of Sparta in order to put these respectable kids off getting trashed.  An interesting approach, wonder if...
Cormorant-haunted castle

Cormorant-haunted castle

An abandoned fortress, occupied only by cormorants.  No wonder, the human inhabitants probably fled an atmosphere described as the ‘architecture of hatred’. ‘The great storm beaten and cormorant-haunted castle at Coroni as “the architecture of...
Not yet fully formed

Not yet fully formed

A wonderful comment by Zorba regarding the mental development of his boss.  Not, perhaps, a line to try on your own boss, however true it may seem. See also his equally crushing comment on his boss’s behaviour towards the workers.   “I hope you don’t mind my...
Career choices

Career choices

Here Zorba points out the choices his boss has to make, since you can’t prattle about socialism and be a capitalist at the same time, or at least not without some hypocrisy. See him also put his boss in his place as far as mental development is concerned. “Look...

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