Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Annotated Trojan War

Here in Troy we love nobody more than Homer.

Homer is to Troy what Thomas Jefferson is to the University of Virginia.  Actually that's not really correct.  But it's a nice excuse for popping up this lovely photo of the Lawn at UVA.  The thing in the background is the Rotunda.  The thing in the foreground is a statue of Homer.

All of which begs the question, are you familiar with

Do you remember when I coughed up the lyrics to Trenchtown Rock a couple of posts ago?  Some of that stuff is pretty obscure if you're not Jamaican.  The phrase "fe gelang so" certainly jumps to mind.  Which means "behave like that," more or less.  I know this because I dropped into Genius and tracked down their annotated version of the song.

My general impression is that Genius' strongest suit is the annotation of rap lyrics.  But that's not all they do.  Today I'm looking at Book V of the Iliad.  Which is here, with annotations.  Which is kind of fun, if you're in the right mood.

There has to be a Hector joke in here somewhere.
You would think, wouldn't you?

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