The Trojan Hector goes on the attack with his beautiful horses, bright-maned, a complement to the bright-patterned shield of Odysseus.

Note Hector’s Gorgon-eyed murderous stare and see also the bestellar reviews, complete with rich quote-mosaics, of Adam Nicolson’s magnificent Why Homer Matters, and Christopher Logue’s War Musica muscular rendition of several books of the Iliad. 

 

‘… while Hektor, wearing the stark eyes of a Gorgon, or murderous

Ares, wheeled about at the edge his bright-maned horses.’

 

‘He spoke, and resourceful Odysseus moving back into his shelter

put the bright-patterned shield on his shoulders…’

 

Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book 7, p. 191 and book 10, p. 231; p. 222

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