Saturday Afternoon Open

Guanxi884/25/2009 2:42:49 pm PDT

re: #77 Guanxi88

Here’s an interesting question for the lizards out there. When Odysseus returns home again, he meets and teams up with a swineherd, whom Homer lauds in the most insanely over-the-top manner.

Do you think that the withdrawal of the gods from the Classical world necessarily leads to a greater kinship between people and swine, and kingship and swineherding? Inquiring Straussians want to know!

I mean, Euameus is the ONLY person addressed directly, in the second person, in the whole of the epic. It’s weird, and I can’t help thinking it’s intentional.