Posts tagged Homer

Clothes make the man

I found a website with photographs of classical subjects in modern clothes.  Go to for more examples.

Humans don’t change much in appearance, except for the attire of the age.  I believe this to be Hercules (anyone got a better guess?).  I based it on the beard, the club, and the pelt with the sad leaning stance which matches other Hercules sculptures.  If I am wrong, someone please comment. What I find fascinating is that I think I saw the person in the photo at Starbucks the other day.   This makes me return to my believe there is not that much difference between the Ancients and ourselves.  Place than in blue jeans and shirt, and Hercules and even Plato would pass amongst us with very little comment.  What’s more it brings forth other observations.  There are modern day philosophers, and heroes right now starring in their own Iliad.   And save for the fact they are not being cast in marble would very much be the man that we see in the photo below.  I could have very well been standing in that Starbuck line with a modern day philosopher, or a hero equal to a Hector or an Ajax that is in want of a Homer to bring their story to light.


Book Review

Just finished reading: What It Is Like To Go to War by Karl Marlantes.

He is a Vietnam Combat Veteran,  and Marine that not only explores the details of war, but the ritual, religion and literature that prepares the ‘warrior’ to go to war.   It is a book of ‘self-examination’ diving into Homer, Mahabharata to Jung.   The book is hard to put down.  It is a clear headed analysis of the ‘horror’ of war and he pulls no punches.  He is not an apologist for his time in Vietnam.  However; he is very clear how his opinions changed over the years, and gives examples why they changed.

He is a very strong advocate on preparing the Soldier with psychological and spiritual means for what he describes as their ‘journey.’

He met Joseph Campbell in a bar and had a discussion of his time in Vietnam.

Oh, how I wish I was there buying the drinks.

Interview with Eric Shanower