Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The smell of Antique books

Hey all

So today Lenka and I did a bit of shopping in the city, it was lovely! We also went into an Antique bookshop today it was amazing! I was amazed at all the books the Greek section was not vast but it was fabulous all the same. We didn't want to leave :)

I picked up a illustrated children's book of the Iliad and Odyssey from 1956. It's amazing everything is all simple and very very accurate. The drawings are awesome and the maps are very efficient. It's really really wonderful and I'm going to keep it for my kids :D

This is what it looks like:

The map on the right is really awesome it tells you who comes from where and which city-states are allies of Greece and Troy.

Also read about the Roman statue that washed up on the shore of Jerusalem, it's female, wears a toga and had been estimated as being 2,000 years old the head is missing though. But imagine just walking on the beach and suddenly you see an Ancient statue just standing in the sand pretty epic!

Until later

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ah Fagles!

Hey guys

Long time no blog yes it has been. I finally got my Fagles box set :D
So I'm very happy I'm going to keep it and pass it on to my children ahahh! Yes so I'm very excited it was my Christmas present to myself. Here's what it looks like-
It's so awesome! How many translators have Box Sets may I add? Hardly any not even Richmond bahahahaha.
Anyway I always post pictures of food I eat in the city with friends these were our cakes from Brunetti's
They were very very good!

So I'm nearly half way through Arrian's the Campaigns of Alexander and this description by Arrian is just mesmerising and a bit saddening as well, this is what he describes when Alexander gets to Troy and is visiting the tomb of Achilles and lays a wreath on the tomb
" Alexander laid one on the tomb of Achilles calling him a lucky man, in that he had Homer to proclaim his deeds and preserve his memory. And well might Alexander envy Achilles this piece of good fortune; for in his own case there was no equivalent: his one failure, the single break, as it were, in the long chain of his success, was that he had no worthy chronicler to tell the world of his exploits. No prose history, no epic poem was written about him; he was not celebrated."
If only Alexander could take a look at today and see just how well known he is and how the world knows and studies all his exploits he would be quite happy!

Anyway that's it for now :)

(Arrian trans. Aubrey De Selincourt, the Campaigns of Alexander)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Campaigns of Alexander

Hi guys

It's been a while and I apologise I finished exams and now I'm just terribly lazy watching movies, sleeping in too late and eating too much. Yesterday I had a catch up with lots of people in the city was nice to see everyone again! Before that Lenka and I did a bit of shopping and I bought Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander. I started last night it's already quite interesting and I don't know why but I keep getting these sudden urges where I need to highlight particular lines in the book. I don't know if it's just become a habit but it's really weird and freaks me out a bit. Anyway this one quote I read was so awesome I have to share it

"His passion was for glory only, and in that he was insatiable"

WOW what a fantastic description I love it! :D
I'm also going to get an Iphone soon! Very very excited I've wanted one for so so long and I just have to get around to it really. And also today's the first day of December! This year has gone by so fast it actually scares me!

Anyway hope you are all well!

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