Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Today's must read ...

... Why the Iliad matters. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Why then do men fight? For the same reasons that they always have: They like to and they have to. Sarpedon, a Lycian noble fighting on the Trojan side, goes into battle “like a hungry lion.” He has a visceral need for combat, to kill or be killed.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, and another pair of 'must reads' related to this:

    Jonathan Shay, a Boston based psychiatrist has written 2 books that relate combat and combat trauma to the Iliad and the Odyssey. The first is "Achillies in Viet Nam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character" the second is "Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming".

    He received a Macarthur 'genius' grant this past year and his books ought to be required reading.