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 something particularly intriguing to it, being also in the mouth of the Trojan King Priam.   

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. 


‘Either the great-hearted Achaians will give me a new prize

chosen acccording to my desire to atone for the girl lost,

or else if they will not give me one I myself shall take her,

your won prize, or that of Aias, or that of Odysseus… (p. 62)


‘… but his corpse I will give back among the strong-benched vessels

so that the flowing-haired Achaians may give him due burial …’ (p. 170)


‘… and I myself, a helper in war, was marshalled among them

on that day when the Amazon women came, men’s equals.

Yet even they were not so many as these glancing-eyed Achaians.’ (p. 345


Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book 1, p. 62; book 7, p. 170; book 16, p. 345


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