Restoring the Sacred

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Words of Relevance: Homer

Those of you who have studied some Greek need no introduction to the blind poet of Ancient Greece.  Those of us who were briefly introduced to him in high school, or before if we attended good schools, are at least familiar with his two greatest epic poems: Illiad and Odyssey.

Writing about 800 years before the birth of Christ, Homer obviously spoke for generations to come in both of those works.  One living in the United States today would surely find relevance in much of what is said, for example, in Illiad. The poem covers only the tenth and final year of The Trojan War, but gives the reader a detailed account of that year.  One particular quote should strike us as prescience at the highest level.

Here's the quote:
“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” 

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