An amazingly intricate way to remind you to eat, no matter what the gods are hurling at you. Artemis is the huntress, and I liked this description of her as ‘shaft-showering’. 

And boy, between Apollo and Artemis, poor Niobe had a double helping of tragedy.  May you be spared shaft-showering goddesses and arrow-killing gods.

But she still remembered to eat. 

See another shaft-shooting triologism. 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. 


… Now you and I must remember our supper.

For even Niobe, she of the lovely tresses, remembered

to eat, whose twelve children were destroyed in her palace,

six daughters, and six sons in the pride of their youth, whom Apollo

killed with arrows from his silver bow, being angered

with Niobe, and shaft-showering Artemis killed the daughters;

because Niobe likened herself to Leto of the fair colouring

and said Leto had borne only two, she herself had borne many. 


Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book XXIII, p. 491


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