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The Complete Writings of Thucydides

I had to read this for a college class last year, and I didn’t get the right copy, so I was confused and I didn’t really read much of it.  It’s a history of the Peloponnesian War, and that’s about all I know.  (I know more than that, it just doesn’t translate to text well.)

Will rate if/when I finish the book.

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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Classics, Greeks, Library Updates

 

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The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles

I love the Oedipus Trilogy.  Oedipus’s story is super tragic and brings up the topic of fate so hard.  If a person is fated to do something, can he really be blamed when it happens?  And what if the thing that happened wasn’t his fault to begin with?

Oedipus the King shows Oedipus as a king, living it up.  But, he gets curious, and starts looking into the murder of the king before him.  When he finds the truth, (SPOILER

he killed his Dad,defeated the sphinx, and married his Mom to become King and had four kids with her.  This was all fated to happen before he was born, so when he was born, his parents stuck a pin through his feet and left him to die on a mountain.  He got adopted by another king and queen.  He left home, killed his Dad, etc.

END SPOILER), his wife commits suicide and he stabs his eyes with a pin from her dress, blinding himself.  He is now disgraced, and eventually becomes a wanderer.

Oedipus at Colonus picks up with Oedipus as a wanderer.  He comes across a City/State that he decides is going to be his death-place (Is death-place a thing?  It is now!).  He dies and curses his sons to kill each other on the battle field.

Antigone is about the culmination of the curse on the house of Oedipus.  Oedipus’s sons had decided that they would share the crown when their father passed.  One son would have power for a year, the other son would have it the next, and so on.  However, the eldest decided after the first year that he didn’t want to give it up to his younger brother, so they started a war.  When they both died, their uncle, Creon becomes king.  He decides that one son is to  be given a state burial and honors, the other is to be left as carrion for the birds.  This is super impious, and will probably make Hades kinda mad.  Antigone, one of Oedipus’s daughters, decides that Creon’s decision is bull, and buries her brother anyways.  The rest of the play follows the fall out of Antigone’s choice.

All in all, I love these plays, especially Antigone.  I got to watch Antigone performed at the University of North Georgia a while back and it was phenomenal.

Rating: 10/10, would read (and watch) again.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Classics, Greeks, Library Updates

 

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The Iliad by Homer

I have a love-hate-indifferent relationship with the Iliad.  See, I tried to read it after I read the Odyssey, but I got half way through, then put it down.  Then I had to read it for a college class last year, and honestly, I didn’t read it all.  I like the story itself enough, but the story accounts for probably less than a quarter of the book.  The rest is pretty much this guy, son of that guy, threw his flaming spear at that other guy, son of not that guy, the other other guy, etc.  There are some nuances, of course, but it could be a lot simpler and shorter than it is.

If you’re going to read it, find a friend or a class so you have someone to talk/complain to.

6/10.  Good, but don’t love it.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Classics, Greeks, Library Updates

 

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The Odyssey by Homer

I have read this book twice, now.  I read at about 12 and re-read it for a college class last year.  I find it to be the more interesting of Homer’s epics.  The Odyssey is an engaging story that is easily digested and understood.  I enjoy reading about Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ adventures.

What is also interesting is Penelope and her relationship with Odysseus.  Penelope is Odysseus’ wife, who believes herself a widow.  Instead of remarrying, she tricks her suitors.  She doesn’t feel that she can toss them out of her house, so she keeps them from pressing her for her hand by telling them she will marry someone when she finishes her tapestry.  However, she keeps unraveling the tapestry at night.  She is clever and cunning, a perfect match for Odysseus, the most clever of all the Greek kings.

Penelope and Odysseus also stand out because of their relationship.  They actually seem to like each other.  Odysseus does get with another woman or two, which we find reprehensible, but we can’t judge a culture thousands of years behind us by our standards.  And, besides those two indiscretions, he cried for his wife and wanted to be with her.  And, by all accounts, she wanted to be with him, too.  Most of the Greek heroes and kings in Grecian epics do not feel the same way about their wives.

All and all, 10/10, would read again.

 

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Classics, Greeks, Library Updates

 

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