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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='The Iliad of Homer'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — iliad</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='notes.html'>notes/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='iliad.html'>iliad/</a></li></ul><ul></ul></nav><main><figure><img src='../media/diary/1.jpg' alt='The Iliad of Homer picture'/><figcaption>20R10 — The Iliad of Homer</figcaption></figure><h2>The Iliad of Homer</h2><p>Read as part of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University.</p><img src='../media/generic/iliad.sing.svg' alt="Sing, goddess" />
<p>Found a mistake? Submit an <a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135/mountaen/tree/master/src/inc/iliad.htm' target='_blank'>patch</a> to iliad.</p><h3>iliad characters</h3><ul><li><b>Agamemnon</b>: King and leader of the Achaians. Atreus' son. Respected by all the Achaians, except perhaps by Achilleus. Also known as Atreides.</li><li><b>Menelaus</b>: Brother of Agamemnon and son of Atreus. The husband of Helen, on whose behalf the Achaians go to war.</li><li>Helen :</li><li>Achilleus :</li></ul><h3>iliad vocabulary</h3><ul><li><b>Achaians</b>: Collective name for the Greeks of the Iliad. Also known as the Argives, the Danaans, the Panhellenes, and the Hellenes.</li><li><b>Atreides</b>: Descendant of Atreus. In the Iliad, either Agamemnon or Menelaus.</li><li>Trojans :</li></ul></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='The Iliad of Homer'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — iliad</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='notes.html'>notes/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='iliad.html'>iliad/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='iliad_journal_one.html'>iliad-journal-one</a></li></ul></nav><main><figure><img src='../media/diary/1.jpg' alt='The Iliad of Homer picture'/><figcaption>20R10 — The Iliad of Homer</figcaption></figure><h2>The Iliad of Homer</h2><p>Read as part of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. Page and verse references come from the Richmond Lattimore 2011 edition.</p><p>You can see some of my writing about the book with the navigation system above.</p><img src='../media/generic/iliad.sing.svg' alt="Sing, goddess" />
<p>Found a mistake? Submit an <a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135/mountaen/tree/master/src/inc/iliad.htm' target='_blank'>patch</a> to iliad.</p><h3>iliad characters</h3><ul><li><b>Agamemnon</b>: King and leader of the Achaians. Atreus' son. Respected by all the Achaians, except perhaps by Achilleus. Also known as Atreides.</li><li><b>Menelaus</b>: Brother of Agamemnon and son of Atreus. The husband of Helen, on whose behalf the Achaians go to war.</li><li>Helen :</li><li>Achilleus :</li><li>Hektor :</li></ul><h3>iliad vocabulary</h3><ul><li><b>Achaians</b>: Collective name for the Greeks of the Iliad. Also known as the Argives, the Danaans, the Panhellenes, and the Hellenes.</li><li><b>Atreides</b>: Descendant of Atreus. In the Iliad, either Agamemnon or Menelaus.</li><li>Trojans :</li></ul><p><i>Last update on <a href='tracker.html'>20S06</a>, edited 2 times. +4/10fh</i><code style='float:right; font-size:80%'>-----+</code></p></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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<h2 id="book-seven-verses-400-402-pp.-197">Book Seven, Verses 400-402, pp. 197</h2>
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<p>Now let none accept the possessions of Alexandros</p>
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<p>nor take back Helen; one who is very simple can see it,</p>
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<p>that by this time the terms of death hang over the Trojans.</p>
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<p>Before this, the Achains have mostly been willing to agree to alternative solutions. They have laid down arms, used single-man combat, and (even as this is said by Diomedes) they have paused to bury the dead. Why this sudden change? Is it confidence from Aias’ pseudo-victory over Hektor? Pride induced by the gods? A resolve to conquer in totality?</p>
<p>It seems a recurrent theme of this work that pride and confidence based in self is fatal. As soon as the character (or historical figure) becomes over-boastful, the gods or fate turn against them. This is true, at least, when such pride is from the work of men, instead of thanksgiving to the gods.</p>
<p>Will the Achains’ new-found victory be turned to tears?</p>
<h2 id="book-eight-verses-553-559-pp.-215">Book Eight, Verses 553-559, pp. 215</h2>
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<p>[…] As when in the sky the stars about the moon’s shining</p>
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<p>are seen in all their glory, when the air has fallen to stillness,</p>
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<p>and all the stars are seen to make glad the heart of the shepherd;</p>
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<p>This passage interests me greatly as an example of something present throughout The Iliad and all sorts of other works: describing nature, creation, and the world in terms of its human purpose (or purpose for humans).</p>
<p>Here, Homer writes of the stars and of the beauty of a clear night as something “to make glad the heart of the shepherd”. I find this sort of attitude a lot in older writing, and I feel as though we’ve lost it in a lot of today’s writing (though I know in many ways we still have it, perhaps less explicitly).</p>
<p>It reflects a world view, like that of Abrahamic religions and others, in which the world is not just <em>is</em>, but is <em>for</em> us. The sun warms us, the stars delight us, the wind speaks to us, the birds bring joy, the darkness humility.</p>
<p>I’m fond of it because I think it’s beautiful. I feel more alive enraptured by nature, feeling, than anytime else. How can it not be for us?</p>
<h2 id="book-nine-verses-26-49-pp.-217">Book Nine, Verses 26-49, pp. 217</h2>
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<p>Come then, do as I say, let us all be won over; let us</p>
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<p>run away with our ships to the beloved land of our fathers</p>
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<p>[…]</p>
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<p>Sir, sir, can you really believe the sons of the Achains</p>
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<p>are so unwarlike and so weak of their hearts […]</p>
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<p>I highlight this passage to contrast it and all the circumstances about it with a similar point at the beginning of the poem.</p>
<p>There, Ag. had been told by Zeus that he could sack Ilion, so he went to the people and faked a statement like this one, urging them to return home. Instead of crying out against the idea like they do here, his men ran for their ships, eager to give up.</p>
<p>Now, Zeus having shown his promise a lie, Ag. does the same thing. This time, his people do not give in.</p>
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<li><p>Why? Is it shameful for them to retreat once war has begun? Are they loath to turn back after having lost so many? Blood crazy?</p></li>
<li><p>Has Ag. really lost hope? Or is he doing this again to try and inflame the hearts of his followers? (Past: we know he wants to attack, then asks. Here: we are told his heart is grieved… but could he be hopeful still?)</p></li>
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<p>Recurrent theme: pendulum between confident boldness and despondent grief in both armies.</p>
<h2 id="book-ten-verses-558-563-pp.-251">Book Ten, Verses 558-563, pp. 251</h2>
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<p>[…] and as for their master brave Diomedes killed him</p>
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<p>and at his side killed twelve companions […]</p>
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<p>I think this interested me because it shocks me and my assumptions.</p>
<p>I’ve grown up with the idea that anyone from a time when you fought with swords must be chivalrous. So I expect that killing people in their sleep then bragging about it would be dishonorable.</p>
<p>That’s apparently not the case. They lied to kill the scout and murdered the unconscious. Where is the King Arthur nicety I expect?</p>
<p>An example of how it’s truly difficult for us to understand everything about these people from thousands of years and miles away. How many other assumptions are we making about their mindsets as we read this work?</p>
<h2 id="book-twelve-verses-381-386-pp.-287">Book Twelve, Verses 381-386, pp. 287</h2>
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<p>[…] A man could not easily</p>
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<p>hold it, not even if he were very string, in both hands,</p>
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<p>of men such as men are now, but he heaving it high threw it […]</p>
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<p>(together with many other examples of this language: “of men such as men are now”)</p>
<p>I chose this passage because its an example of something we relate to today: seeing past verions of ourselves as better or legendary.</p>
<p>Here, Homer describes how men of the Iliad’s age were literally physically better.</p>
<p>Don’t we do the same in other ways? We talk of ages past when we had better values, when we could work with our own sweat to live, when life seemed simpler.</p>
<p>The same thing is present in all sorts of mythologies:</p>
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<li><p>the Númenóreans of Tolkien lived longer, were wiser, almost magical</p></li>
<li><p>Norse epics: magically greater warriors</p></li>
<li><p>Abrahamic religions: perfection before the Fall, long lives of early post-fall people</p></li>
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<p>Side note: why do we always pull from distant pasts to justify current authority and to find authenticity?</p>
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<p><em>Note:</em> sorry if there are any formatting issues with this doc. I write these with my hand in a journal, and quickly transcribe them to the computer.</p>
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='The Index shows all pages in the wiki.'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — index</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams</a></li><li><a href='meta.html'>meta/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='index.html'>index/</a></li><li><a href='now.html'>now</a></li><li><a href='identity.html'>identity</a></li><li><a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a></li><li><a href='journal.html'>journal</a></li><li><a href='calendar.html'>calendar</a></li></ul><ul></ul></nav><main><h2>The Index shows all pages in the wiki.</h2><ul><li><a href='home.html'>home</a></li><ul><li><a href='audio.html'>audio</a></li><li><a href='visual.html'>visual</a></li><ul><li><a href='photography.html'>photography</a></li><ul><li><a href='personal.html'>personal</a></li><li><a href='travel.html'>travel</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='research.html'>research</a></li><ul><li><a href='mirrors.html'>mirrors</a></li><ul><li><a href='discourse.html'>discourse</a></li></ul><li><a href='nataniev.html'>nataniev</a></li><ul><li><a href='horaire.html'>horaire</a></li><li><a href='mountaen.html'>mountaen</a></li><li><a href='time.html'>time</a></li><ul><li><a href='arvelie.html'>arvelie</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='language.html'>language</a></li><ul><li><a href='unix.html'>unix</a></li><ul><li><a href='plan9.html'>plan9</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='hardware.html'>hardware</a></li><ul><li><a href='macbook.html'>macbook</a></li><li><a href='raspberry.html'>raspberry</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='about.html'>about</a></li><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams</a></li><ul><li><a href='lifestyle.html'>lifestyle</a></li><ul><li><a href='longtermism.html'>longtermism</a></li></ul><li><a href='school.html'>school</a></li><li><a href='directory.html'>directory</a></li><ul><li><a href='readings.html'>readings</a></li><ul><li><a href='notes.html'>notes</a></li><ul><li><a href='iliad.html'>iliad</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='bookmarks.html'>bookmarks</a></li></ul><li><a href='inventory.html'>inventory</a></li><ul><li><a href='everyday.html'>everyday</a></li><li><a href='essentials.html'>essentials</a></li><li><a href='computer.html'>computer</a></li><li><a href='camera.html'>camera</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='meta.html'>meta</a></li><ul><li><a href='index.html'>index</a></li><li><a href='now.html'>now</a></li><li><a href='identity.html'>identity</a></li><li><a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a></li><li><a href='journal.html'>journal</a></li><li><a href='calendar.html'>calendar</a></li></ul></ul></ul></ul><p><i>incoming(1)</i>: <a href='about.html'>about</a> </p></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='The Index shows all pages in the wiki.'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — index</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams</a></li><li><a href='meta.html'>meta/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='index.html'>index/</a></li><li><a href='now.html'>now</a></li><li><a href='identity.html'>identity</a></li><li><a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a></li><li><a href='journal.html'>journal</a></li><li><a href='calendar.html'>calendar</a></li></ul><ul></ul></nav><main><h2>The Index shows all pages in the wiki.</h2><ul><li><a href='home.html'>home</a></li><ul><li><a href='audio.html'>audio</a></li><li><a href='visual.html'>visual</a></li><ul><li><a href='photography.html'>photography</a></li><ul><li><a href='personal.html'>personal</a></li><li><a href='travel.html'>travel</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='research.html'>research</a></li><ul><li><a href='mirrors.html'>mirrors</a></li><ul><li><a href='discourse.html'>discourse</a></li></ul><li><a href='nataniev.html'>nataniev</a></li><ul><li><a href='horaire.html'>horaire</a></li><li><a href='mountaen.html'>mountaen</a></li><li><a href='time.html'>time</a></li><ul><li><a href='arvelie.html'>arvelie</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='language.html'>language</a></li><ul><li><a href='unix.html'>unix</a></li><ul><li><a href='plan9.html'>plan9</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='hardware.html'>hardware</a></li><ul><li><a href='macbook.html'>macbook</a></li><li><a href='raspberry.html'>raspberry</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='about.html'>about</a></li><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams</a></li><ul><li><a href='lifestyle.html'>lifestyle</a></li><ul><li><a href='longtermism.html'>longtermism</a></li></ul><li><a href='school.html'>school</a></li><li><a href='directory.html'>directory</a></li><ul><li><a href='readings.html'>readings</a></li><ul><li><a href='notes.html'>notes</a></li><ul><li><a href='iliad.html'>iliad</a></li><ul><li><a href='iliad_journal_one.html'>iliad-journal-one</a></li></ul></ul></ul><li><a href='bookmarks.html'>bookmarks</a></li></ul><li><a href='inventory.html'>inventory</a></li><ul><li><a href='everyday.html'>everyday</a></li><li><a href='essentials.html'>essentials</a></li><li><a href='computer.html'>computer</a></li><li><a href='camera.html'>camera</a></li></ul></ul><li><a href='meta.html'>meta</a></li><ul><li><a href='index.html'>index</a></li><li><a href='now.html'>now</a></li><li><a href='identity.html'>identity</a></li><li><a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a></li><li><a href='journal.html'>journal</a></li><li><a href='calendar.html'>calendar</a></li></ul></ul></ul></ul><p><i>incoming(1)</i>: <a href='about.html'>about</a> </p></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='Nathaniel Ijams is an enthusiast.'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — nathaniel ijams</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='audio.html'>audio</a></li><li><a href='visual.html'>visual</a></li><li><a href='research.html'>research</a></li><li><a href='about.html'>about/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams/</a></li><li><a href='meta.html'>meta</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='lifestyle.html'>lifestyle</a></li><li><a href='school.html'>school</a></li><li><a href='directory.html'>directory</a></li><li><a href='inventory.html'>inventory</a></li></ul></nav><main><h2>Nathaniel Ijams is an enthusiast.</h2><p><b>Nathaniel Ijams</b> is studying at columbia, developing <a href='research.html'>poorly written software</a>, learning to <a href='visual.html'>illustrate</a>, and exploring <a href='travel.html'>the world</a>.</p><p>Since 2020, Nate has been populating this <a href='about.html'>wiki</a> with notes on various topics, including on <a href='language.html'>language</a>, <a href='lifestyle.html'>lifestyle</a>, and nutrition. You can learn about his <b>related interests</b> in the <a href='mirrors.html'>mirrors</a>, and in the <a href='directory.html'>directory</a>.</p><p>Get in touch via email at <b>nate@ijams.me</b>, or<br /> on the fediverse at <b><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135' target='_blank'>fosstodon.org/@exprez135</a></b>.</p><q>To flee is Life,<br />To linger, death.</q><p><i>incoming(1)</i>: <a href='about.html'>about</a> </p></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='Nathaniel Ijams is an enthusiast.'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — nathaniel ijams</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='audio.html'>audio</a></li><li><a href='visual.html'>visual</a></li><li><a href='research.html'>research</a></li><li><a href='about.html'>about/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams/</a></li><li><a href='meta.html'>meta</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='lifestyle.html'>lifestyle</a></li><li><a href='school.html'>school</a></li><li><a href='directory.html'>directory</a></li><li><a href='inventory.html'>inventory</a></li></ul></nav><main><h2>Nathaniel Ijams is an enthusiast.</h2><p><b>Nathaniel Ijams</b> is studying at columbia, developing <a href='research.html'>poorly written software</a>, learning to <a href='visual.html'>illustrate</a>, and exploring <a href='travel.html'>the world</a>.</p><p>Since 2020, Nate has been populating this <a href='about.html'>wiki</a> with notes on various topics, including on <a href='language.html'>language</a>, <a href='lifestyle.html'>lifestyle</a>, and nutrition. You can learn about his <b>related interests</b> in the <a href='mirrors.html'>mirrors</a>, and in the <a href='directory.html'>directory</a>.</p><p>Get in touch via email at <b>nate@ijams.me</b>, or<br /> on the fediverse at <b><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135' target='_blank'>fosstodon.org/@exprez135</a></b>.</p><q>To flee is Life,<br />To linger, death.</q><p><i>incoming(1)</i>: <a href='about.html'>about</a> </p><p><i>Last update on <a href='tracker.html'>20R13</a>, edited 4 times. +19/13fh</i><code style='float:right; font-size:80%'>-----+</code></p><ul><li>20R13 — Moved to Brooklyn</li></ul></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang='en'><head><meta charset='utf-8'><meta name='description' content='The now page shows infographics of current activity.'/><meta name='thumbnail' content='https://wiki.ijams.me/media/services/thumbnail.jpg' /><link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS Feed' href='../links/rss.xml' /><link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../links/main.css'><link rel='shortcut icon' type='image/png' href='../media/services/icon.png'><title>Tellurium — now</title></head><body><header><a href='home.html'><img src='../media/icon/logo.svg' alt='Tellurium'></a></header><nav><ul><li><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>nathaniel ijams</a></li><li><a href='meta.html'>meta/</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href='index.html'>index</a></li><li><a href='now.html'>now/</a></li><li><a href='identity.html'>identity</a></li><li><a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a></li><li><a href='journal.html'>journal</a></li><li><a href='calendar.html'>calendar</a></li></ul><ul></ul></nav><main><h2>The now page shows infographics of current activity.</h2><p>The history of project activity is recorded with <a href='horaire.html'>Horaire</a>, to find the complete history of activity, visit the <a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a>.</p><p>Distribution of <b>34 hours for 9 projects</b>, over the past 56 days, for an average of 0.61 hours per day and 3.78 hours per project.</p><ul style='columns:2'><li><a href='macbook.html'>macbook</a> 5.88&#37; </li><li><a href='iliad.html'>iliad</a> 14.71&#37; </li><li><a href='unix.html'>unix</a> 5.88&#37; </li><li><a href='school.html'>school</a> 23.53&#37; </li><li><a href='inventory.html'>inventory</a> 2.94&#37; </li><li><a href='language.html'>language</a> 5.88&#37; </li><li><a href='directory.html'>directory</a> 8.82&#37; </li><li><a href='horaire.html'>horaire</a> 11.76&#37; </li><li><a href='mountaen.html'>mountaen</a> 20.59&#37; </li></ul><p>Last generated on Sat Sep  5 21:56:08 2020
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(Tulsa, Oklahoma).</p><p><i>incoming(1)</i>: <a href='tracker.html'>tracker</a> </p></main><footer><a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0'><img src='../media/icon/cc.svg' alt='creative commons'/></a></a><a href='https://fosstodon.org/@exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/fosstodon.png' alt='exprez135@fosstodon.org'/></a><a href='https://git.sr.ht/~exprez135'><img src='../media/icon/sourcehut.svg' alt='sourcehut'/></a><span><a href='nathaniel_ijams.html'>Nathaniel Ijams</a> © 2020 — <a href='about.html'>BY-NC-SA 4.0</a></span></footer></body></html>
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  Menelaus : Brother of Agamemnon and son of Atreus. The husband of Helen, on whose behalf the Achaians go to war.
  Helen :
  Achilleus :
  Hektor : 

ILIAD VOCABULARY
  Achaians : Collective name for the Greeks of the Iliad. Also known as the Argives, the Danaans, the Panhellenes, and the Hellenes.

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20R13 +311 nathaniel_ijams          Moved to Brooklyn
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20R10 -315 iliad                01  The Iliad of Homer
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ILIAD
  HOST : notes
  TYPE : portal
  BREF : The Iliad of Homer
  BODY
    <p>Read as part of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University.</p>
    <p>Read as part of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. Page and verse references come from the Richmond Lattimore 2011 edition.</p>
    <p>You can see some of my writing about the book with the navigation system above.</p>
  LIST
    iliad characters
    iliad vocabulary

ILIAD-JOURNAL-ONE
  HOST : iliad
  BREF : Books 7-12 of The Iliad

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<h1 id="journal-one-iliad-books-7-12">Journal One: Iliad Books 7-12</h1>
<h2 id="book-seven-verses-400-402-pp.-197">Book Seven, Verses 400-402, pp. 197</h2>
<blockquote>
<p>Now let none accept the possessions of Alexandros</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>nor take back Helen; one who is very simple can see it,</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>that by this time the terms of death hang over the Trojans.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Before this, the Achains have mostly been willing to agree to alternative solutions. They have laid down arms, used single-man combat, and (even as this is said by Diomedes) they have paused to bury the dead. Why this sudden change? Is it confidence from Aias’ pseudo-victory over Hektor? Pride induced by the gods? A resolve to conquer in totality?</p>
<p>It seems a recurrent theme of this work that pride and confidence based in self is fatal. As soon as the character (or historical figure) becomes over-boastful, the gods or fate turn against them. This is true, at least, when such pride is from the work of men, instead of thanksgiving to the gods.</p>
<p>Will the Achains’ new-found victory be turned to tears?</p>
<h2 id="book-eight-verses-553-559-pp.-215">Book Eight, Verses 553-559, pp. 215</h2>
<blockquote>
<p>[…] As when in the sky the stars about the moon’s shining</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>are seen in all their glory, when the air has fallen to stillness,</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>[…]</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>and all the stars are seen to make glad the heart of the shepherd;</p>
</blockquote>
<p>This passage interests me greatly as an example of something present throughout The Iliad and all sorts of other works: describing nature, creation, and the world in terms of its human purpose (or purpose for humans).</p>
<p>Here, Homer writes of the stars and of the beauty of a clear night as something “to make glad the heart of the shepherd”. I find this sort of attitude a lot in older writing, and I feel as though we’ve lost it in a lot of today’s writing (though I know in many ways we still have it, perhaps less explicitly).</p>
<p>It reflects a world view, like that of Abrahamic religions and others, in which the world is not just <em>is</em>, but is <em>for</em> us. The sun warms us, the stars delight us, the wind speaks to us, the birds bring joy, the darkness humility.</p>
<p>I’m fond of it because I think it’s beautiful. I feel more alive enraptured by nature, feeling, than anytime else. How can it not be for us?</p>
<h2 id="book-nine-verses-26-49-pp.-217">Book Nine, Verses 26-49, pp. 217</h2>
<blockquote>
<p>Come then, do as I say, let us all be won over; let us</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>run away with our ships to the beloved land of our fathers</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>[…]</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>Sir, sir, can you really believe the sons of the Achains</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>are so unwarlike and so weak of their hearts […]</p>
</blockquote>
<p>I highlight this passage to contrast it and all the circumstances about it with a similar point at the beginning of the poem.</p>
<p>There, Ag. had been told by Zeus that he could sack Ilion, so he went to the people and faked a statement like this one, urging them to return home. Instead of crying out against the idea like they do here, his men ran for their ships, eager to give up.</p>
<p>Now, Zeus having shown his promise a lie, Ag. does the same thing. This time, his people do not give in.</p>
<ol type="1">
<li><p>Why? Is it shameful for them to retreat once war has begun? Are they loath to turn back after having lost so many? Blood crazy?</p></li>
<li><p>Has Ag. really lost hope? Or is he doing this again to try and inflame the hearts of his followers? (Past: we know he wants to attack, then asks. Here: we are told his heart is grieved… but could he be hopeful still?)</p></li>
</ol>
<p>Recurrent theme: pendulum between confident boldness and despondent grief in both armies.</p>
<h2 id="book-ten-verses-558-563-pp.-251">Book Ten, Verses 558-563, pp. 251</h2>
<blockquote>
<p>[…] and as for their master brave Diomedes killed him</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>and at his side killed twelve companions […]</p>
</blockquote>
<p>I think this interested me because it shocks me and my assumptions.</p>
<p>I’ve grown up with the idea that anyone from a time when you fought with swords must be chivalrous. So I expect that killing people in their sleep then bragging about it would be dishonorable.</p>
<p>That’s apparently not the case. They lied to kill the scout and murdered the unconscious. Where is the King Arthur nicety I expect?</p>
<p>An example of how it’s truly difficult for us to understand everything about these people from thousands of years and miles away. How many other assumptions are we making about their mindsets as we read this work?</p>
<h2 id="book-twelve-verses-381-386-pp.-287">Book Twelve, Verses 381-386, pp. 287</h2>
<blockquote>
<p>[…] A man could not easily</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>hold it, not even if he were very string, in both hands,</p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
<p>of men such as men are now, but he heaving it high threw it […]</p>
</blockquote>
<p>(together with many other examples of this language: “of men such as men are now”)</p>
<p>I chose this passage because its an example of something we relate to today: seeing past verions of ourselves as better or legendary.</p>
<p>Here, Homer describes how men of the Iliad’s age were literally physically better.</p>
<p>Don’t we do the same in other ways? We talk of ages past when we had better values, when we could work with our own sweat to live, when life seemed simpler.</p>
<p>The same thing is present in all sorts of mythologies:</p>
<ul>
<li><p>the Númenóreans of Tolkien lived longer, were wiser, almost magical</p></li>
<li><p>Norse epics: magically greater warriors</p></li>
<li><p>Abrahamic religions: perfection before the Fall, long lives of early post-fall people</p></li>
</ul>
<p>Side note: why do we always pull from distant pasts to justify current authority and to find authenticity?</p>
<hr />
<p><em>Note:</em> sorry if there are any formatting issues with this doc. I write these with my hand in a journal, and quickly transcribe them to the computer.</p>