Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's not really a post. It's a post-it?

Dear Homer,
What's with all the ankles?

But someone saw him — Cadmus' daughter with lovely ankles,
Ino, a mortal woman once with human voice (5.366-67)

and later:
...the man himself delights
in the grand feasts of the deathless gods on high,
wed to Hebe, famed for her lithe, alluring ankles (11.691-93)

"Man, don't look at her face — but you should see those ankles."

I think Homer was an ankle man. He also seemed to pay attention to braids and rosy fingers.



Doublebanker said...
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annie said...

Were the Greeks so accustomed and desensitized to the more intimate bits that they reverted to fixating on what was more oft exposed?

I scoff!! But maybe because I'm sensitive about my own ankles. ;P

Leigh Walton said...

καλλίσφυρος is just one of those words that fits the meter. When you're describing a woman whose name is two syllables long and you need to finish the line, it's a good one to pick.