There is a line from Disney’s original version of Mary Poppins that I never really understood. “Sometimes a person we love, through no fault of his own, can’t see past the nose on the end of his face”.
This part in the saga is probably the most well known. The Trojan horse has been taught since we explored Greek Mythology. In many cases, I believe it is because the horse is truly a symbol of so many things.
Things may not always be what they appear
To be wary of your adversaries offering you gifts
In fact, the phrase “beware Greeks bearing gifts” comes from this story. See if you can spot it. The words are slightly different in order but the sentiment is still there.
Along with that phrase is another form this story. While less known to myself than the former, it is still familiar to me: “the face that launched a thousand ships…”. To mean a beauty so rare that it would cause men to go off to war.
This brings this particular saga to a close. I hope you have enjoyed the journey.
Achilles was a man of great pride, and so a man of great excess.
Notice his character was given the extremes of being the most handsome, most skilled, the bravest, etc… of all the Greeks.
With that came excessive pride. It was this excess that caused him to refuse to budge when it came to Agamemnon. As a result, many Greeks died in the battle that might otherwise not have. Including his great friend Patroclus. It is Patroclus death that is the impetus for Achilles great rage which we see in this instalment.
On another note, you will meet the Roman god ‘Vulcan’ today. We’re not talking about Mr Spock, we’re talking about the lame son of Zeus and Hera. He is the forger of all things required by the gods. He is also with us today in language as the origin of something we are all familiar with hearing about.
You see Vulcan works in a cave with molten metal and rock. While in times past it may have been seen as a workshop to the gods, today we see this place as a ‘Volcano’.
There is another name of note that we can take a look at. That of ‘Achilles’ himself. The story goes that Achilles was dipped in the river Styx when he was an infant, so making him invulnerable to all harm. However, he must have been held somewhere while this was being done or he would have been lost at that time. Turns out he was held near the ankle. Today we call the tendon that runs from the heel bone to the calf the ‘Achilles’ Tendon’
Friends, I must apologize. Time has escaped me. Today’s post will be somewhat delayed. It shall be available late this evening, more to the point of early tomorrow morning.
There are days when we simply have too much to do and not enough time to do it. The good news is that the time spent has helped me progress in another venture, which while completely unrelated to this blog, I will be sharing with you all as it comes to fruition.
One of the great things about reviewing history both from the actual events that took place and the mythological stories that have been romanticized is the ability to glean certain patterns from them. There is a great fault, that I myself and quite guilty of, that lies within each of us to some degree. Pride. It has been the ultimate in destructive Continue reading “Pride can do a lot of damage”→
Normally I choose to travel the world through books. Mostly because I lack the funds to travel the extent I imagine myself doing, and partly because I have found imagination to be a wonderful vehicle to travel in. As I have a love of travel and find this to be a truly beautiful world we live in, I follow a few travel blogs.
While browsing through my blog reader I came across an article from the blog shootfromthetrip. I’m linking the article here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.