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 example, Hector’s description of the hatred between him and Ajax.

Here the effect is of freezing the heart; compare Charlotte Bronte’s equally frozen reaction


‘And across her shoulders she threw the betassled, terrible

aegis, all about which Terror hangs like a garland,

and Hatred is there, and Battle Strength, and heart-freezing Onslaught

and thereon is set the head of the grim gigantic Gorgon,

a thing of fear and horror, portent of Zeus of the aegis.’


Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book 5, p. 148


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