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The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander
The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The ground is dark with blood, 19. Januar 2016
With many books, translations are negligible, with two obvious exceptions, one is the Bible, and surprisingly the other is The Iliad. Each translation can give a different insight and feel to the story. Everyone will have a favorite. I have several.

For example:

"Rage--Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,
Murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many souls,
great fighters’ souls. But made their bodies carrion,
feasts for dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving towards its end.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles."
-Translated by Robert Fagles, 1990

“Sing, O Goddess, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a heroes did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures for so were the counsels of Zeus fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles first fell out with one another.”
-Translated by Samuel Butler, 1888

“Rage:
Sing, Goddess, Achilles’ rage,
Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks
Incalculable pain pitched countless souls
Of heroes into Hades’ dark,
And let their bodies rot as feasts
For dogs and birds, as Zeus’ will was done.
Begin with the clash between Agamemnon—
The Greek Warlord—and godlike Achilles.”
-Translated by Stanley Lombardo, 1997

“Anger be now your song, immortal one,
Akhilleus’ anger, doomed and ruinous,
that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss
and crowded brave souls into the undergloom,
leaving so many dead men—carrion
for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.
Begin it when the two men first contending
broke with one another—
the Lord Marshal Agamémnon, Atreus’ son, and Prince Akhilleus.”
-Translated by Translated by Robert Fitzgerald, 1963

“Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son of Achilleus and its devastation, which puts pains thousandfold upon the Achains,
hurled in the multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished since that time when first there stood the division of conflict Atrecus’ son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus.”
–Translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951

“Sing, goddess, of Peleus’ son Achilles’ anger, ruinous, that caused the Greeks untold ordeals, consigned to Hades countless valiant souls, heroes, and left their bodies prey for dogs or feast for vultures. Zeus’s will was done from when those two first quarreled and split apart, the king, Agamemnon, and matchless Achilles.”
-Translated by Herbert Jordan, 2008

“An angry man-there is my story: the bitter rancor of Achillês, prince of the house of Peleus, which brought a thousand troubles upon the Achaian host. Many a strong soul it sent down to Hadês, and left the heroes themselves a prey to the dogs and carrion birds, while the will of God moved on to fulfillment.”
-Translated and transliterated by W.H.D. Rouse, 1950

“Achilles’ wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber’d, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurl’d to Pluto’s gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore,
Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.
Since great Achilles and Atrides strove,
Such was the sovereign doom,
and such the will of Jove!”
-Translated by Alexander Pope, 1720

“Achilles sing, O Goddess! Peleus’ son;
His wrath pernicious, who ten thousand woes
Caused to Achaia’s host, sent many a soul
Illustrious into Ades premature,
And Heroes gave (so stood the will of Jove)
To dogs and to all ravening fowls a prey,
When fierce dispute had separated once
The noble Chief Achilles from the son
Of Atreus, Agamemnon, King of men.”
-Translated by William Cowper, London 1791

“Achilles’ baneful wrath – resound, O goddess – that impos’d
Infinite sorrow on the Greeks, and the brave souls loos’d
From beasts heroic; sent them far, to that invisible cave*
That no light comforts; and their limbs to dogs and vultures gave:
To all which Jove’s will give effect; from whom the first strife begun
Betwixt Atrides, king of men, and Thetis’ godlike son*”
-Translated by George Chapman, 1616

“The Rage of Achilles—sing it now, goddess, sing through me
the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief
and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters,
leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs
and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.
Begin at the time when bitter words first divided
that king of men, Agamemnon, and godlike Achilles.”
-Translated by Stephen Mitchell

“Sing now, goddess, the wrath of Achilles the scion of Peleus,
ruinous rage which brought the Achaians uncounted afflictions;
many of the powerful souls it sent to the dwelling of Hades,
those of the heroes, and spoil for the dogs it made it their bodies,
plunder for the birds, and the purpose of Zeus was accomplished__”
-Translated by Rodney Merrill

“Sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles, Peleus’ son,
the accused anger which brought the Achaeans countless
agonies and hurled many mighty shades of heroes into Hades,
causing them to become the prey of dogs
and all kinds of birds; and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled.”
-Translated by Anthony Verity
Antony does not attempt to be poetic. The line numbers are close to the original.

“Of Peleus’ son, Achilles, sing, O Muse,
The vengeance, deep and deadly; whence to Greece
Unnumbered ills arose; which many a soul
Of mighty warriors to the viewless shades
Ultimately sent; they on the battle plain
Unburied lay, to rav’ning dogs,
And carrion birds; but had Jove decreed,”
-Translated by Edward Smith-Stanly 1862

“Sing, Goddess of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus-
that murderous anger witch condemned Achaeans
to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
deep into Hades, leaving their dead bodies
carrion food for dogs and birds-
all in the fulfillment of the will of Zeus”
- Translated by Professor Ian Johnston, British Columbia 2006

“The rage, sing O goddess, of Achilles, son of Peleus,
The destructive anger that brought ten-thousand pains to the
Achaeans and sent many brave souls of fighting men to the house
of Hades and made their bodies a feast for dogs
and all kinds of birds. For such was the will of Zeus.”
- Translated by Barry B. Powell

“Wrath, goddess, sing of Achilles Pēleus’s son’s calamitous wrath, which hit the Achaians countless ills many the valiant souls it saw off down to Hādēs, souls of heroes, their selves left as carrion for dogs and all birds of prey, and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled from the first moment those two men parted in fury, Atreus’s son, king of men, and the godlike Achilles.”
-Translated by Peter Green

“Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus' son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable, and hurled down into Hades many strong souls of heroes, and gave their bodies to be a prey to dogs and all winged fowls; and so the counsel of Zeus wrought out its accomplishment from the day when first strife parted Atreides king of men and noble Achilles.”
- Translated by Andrew Lang, M.A., Walter Leaf, Litt.D., And Ernest Myers, M.A.
Books I. - IX. . . . . W. Leaf.
" X. - XVI. . . . . A. Lang.
" XVII. - XXIV. . . . . E. Myers.

Another translation is by Ennis Samuel Rees, Jr. (March 17, 1925 – March 24, 2009)

Greek Latin
——- ——-
Zeus. Jupiter.
Hera. Juno.
(Pallas) Athene. Minerva.
Aphrodite. Venus.
Poseidon. Neptune.
Ares. Mars.
Hephaestus. Vulcan.
--------
Wrath–sing, goddess, of the ruinous wrath of Peleus’ son Achilles,
that inflicted woes without number upon the Achaeans,
hurled fourth two Hades many strong souls of warriors
and rendered their bodies prey for the dogs,
for all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished;
sing from when they to first stood in conflict-
Ateus’ son, lord of men, and godlike Achilles.
-Translated by Caroline Alexander

You will find that some translations are easier to read but others are easier to listen to on recordings, lectures, Kindle, and the like. If you do not see information on specific translators, it is still worth the speculation and purchase. Right after the translation readability and understanding, do not overlook the introduction which gives an inset to what you are about to read.

The Stephen Mitchell translation goes though each of the major characters so well that you think you know them before you starts reading. Other introductions explain the struggle between different types of power. Rodney Merrill’s 28 page introduction focuses on singing.

The Peter Green translation is easy to read. It is almost a transliteration. However it is the all the scholarly supplemental information that give worth to his contribution.

The Oxford University Press Barry B. Powell has an extensive introduction with real “MAPS”. Also there is information of the finder Schliemann. We even get annotation on the meaning being conveyed.

The Caroline Alexander Translation is most excellent for a first translation reading. While other translation rely so much on being scholarly, her translation with plenty of white space make you feel that you are partaking in listening in awe. The only thing missing is the background music.

Our story takes place in the ninth year of the ongoing war. We get some introduction to the first nine years but they are just a background to this tale of pride, sorrow and revenge. The story will also end abruptly before the end of the war.

We have the wide conflict between the Trojans and Achaeans over a matter of pride; the gods get to take sides and many times direct spears and shields.

Although the more focused conflict is the power struggle between two different types of power. That of Achilles, son of Peleus and the greatest individual warrior and that of Agamemnon, lord of men, whose power comes form position.

We are treated to a blow by blow inside story as to what each is thinking and an unvarnished description of the perils of war and the search for Arête (to be more like Aries, God of War.)


The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
von Cliff Stoll
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Appropriately named, 6. Oktober 2015
A cuckoo bird will lay its egg in another birds nest letting that bird raise the offspring as her own.

I saw the TV program on this story before reading the book. Coming from a UNIX background it was fun to see a system I recognized. It could have been titled "The story of Ping" oops that title has been taken. I remember being billed for time on the computer and could only gain access at 2 AM. Many of these skills are now lost to people that do not have a shell account. I especially like how they kept the intruder on the line ling enough to track. The hunt was intriguing and it makes you wonder what is happening today. While this book deals with such things as passwords, the many new avenues created on today's Internet may afford for a newer mystery. Until then this is the classic.

A student managing the computer at Berkley notices an unusual charge to his account. He finds that someone is hacking before it was fashionable. To track down the culprit(s) he must first learn the tracking skills. This process is in its infancy so he even has to invent a few of the skills himself. The use of timing and knowledge of the speed of light allows for a good guess at the distance. The only way to go through the old timing switching stations was to hold the intruder on line ling enough. This required the creation of a dummy database with intriguing information.
Who's this mysterious intruder(s)?
Will they be caught?

What implications does it hold for us today?


Father Brown
Father Brown
DVD ~ Kenneth More
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quite fund trying to outguess Father Brown, 6. Oktober 2015
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Father Brown (DVD)
Kenneth more plays father Brown in this series based on G. K. Chesterton's books. I cannot tell you how close this comes to the books themselves as I have not read them yet.

Each episode is a complete story in itself where we meet the characters, build up the mystery, try to second-guess father Brown, and wrap up in the end. Actually the ending of his stories are not that neatly wrapped as he usually leaves it to the culprit to do the right thing.

Dennis Burgess plays Hercule Flambeau (Father Brown's friend); he is advertised throughout the DVD but does not show up for several episodes.

I have to admit that several times on my first viewing I had the stop and think about where I have seen the actor(s) before.

The quality of each story varies widely so there will be some favorites and some duds depending on what you want to see. The production itself looks quite inexpensive and locations and production sets. The quality of the recording leaves something to be desired; I am not sure if it is the original recording or the media. In any case you will be so wrapped up in the story that you will care about the production quality.


Bounty Paper Towels, White, Giant Rolls-12 ct by Bounty
Bounty Paper Towels, White, Giant Rolls-12 ct by Bounty
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5.0 von 5 Sternen These critters make a good bib, 6. Oktober 2015
With many commodities the brand does not make a difference. That is not the case with Paper Towels that is not true. Even in the same brand there are differences. You may want to dabble with different samples.

Or you can save time and money. This is the best all-around utilitarian product. I use it from simple things like hand drying to crafts and even as a bib.

While watching TV I have a couch commander in one hand and a coffee cup in the other balanced on my chest. Do not want to take any chances with any escaping drops.


Macramé; Creative Design in Knotting
Macramé; Creative Design in Knotting
von Dona Z. Meilach
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen 356 photographs 18 color plates, 6. Oktober 2015
Even though there are a few pictures of how-to, this book is mostly a display of designs and finished product. Two reasons to buy this book are to enjoy the pictures as one would do with any art and to get inspiration to complete one's own projects. If Macramé is not dated in its self as a skill this book surly is. However it is still fun to see what you may have missed.

Besides wall hangings there is a poncho, overskirt, and body jewelry all made from Macramé.


King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon's Mines
von H.Rider Haggard
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are thinking Debra Kerr you will be shocked., 6. Oktober 2015
Rezension bezieht sich auf: King Solomon's Mines (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I grew up on the movie so it was quit a shocker to read the book. As stated in the beginning there are no petticoated women in this book. It is a men's adventure written by a man for men. You can not miss the hand of H. Rider Haggard as he has a unique sense of humor that pops up at the strangest times. And as with written stories this one is much more intricate than the movie adaptations. You will find many assumptions of the time such as any complex construction must have been built by white people and natives on their own may turn savage.

The story is told first person by Allan Quatemain. Nevil is off to make his fortune by finding King Solomon's lost diamond mines. Allan sends him a map to help. This is the last anyone heard from Nevil. Turns out that Nevil is really the estranged brother of Henry Curtis. Sir Henry Curtis now wants to make amends and he with his friend Captain John Good, bribe Allan Quartermain to take them across an endless desert and trough impassible mountains to an adventure that will hold you to the very end. Along with them is their self imposed helper Umbopa who carries a secret of his own.


Corelle 3128 Winter Frost Serving Platter, 3-er pack, weiß
Corelle 3128 Winter Frost Serving Platter, 3-er pack, weiß
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Some of mine are over 30 years old and still functional, 6. Oktober 2015
Instead of having several sets of matched or mismatched dishes these platters serve as everything from snack trays to main course. I use them to hold TV dinners and craft supplies. They have been used to even feed the cat. They are in the cupboard and many times just go from the dishwasher to the table to the dishwasher.

Being white they have survived many houses and lifestyle changes. I have dropped them many times and all they usually do is make a ringing sound and go on being useful. Only once has one ever broken and when it did it shattered.

They have survived the microwave and the refrigerator. I have added to the stack down through the years and cannot tell the new from the original.

If you are just starting out in life, these platters can be useful until the end. However I have no intention of being buried with them. If glass is a liquid you could not prove it with these platters.


None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Allen Gary (8-Jan-2014) Paperback
None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Allen Gary (8-Jan-2014) Paperback

5.0 von 5 Sternen And you just thought you were paranoid!!!!, 6. Oktober 2015
This is one of those books that have people polarized. Anyone who attempts to balance this with three stars will get from both sides.
The first paragraph of the introduction lets you know what you are in for:
The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the guilty. This book may have the effect of changing your life. After reading this book you will never look at national and world events in the same way again.
I pretty much keep up with events and try to make connections. However I leave it up to the authors (Gary Allen with Larry Abraham) to make their point.
This book has eight chapters:
One...Don't Confuse me with the Facts
Two...Socialism---Royal Road to Power For The Super-Rich
Three... The Money Manipulators
Four...Bankrolling The Bolshevik Revolution
Five...Establishing The Establishment
Six...The Rockefellers And the Reds
Seven...Pressure From Above and Pressure From Below
Eight...You Are the answer.
If this book was written today I doubt if a word would be changed. But what a field day there would be with new additions.


Gelert G.I. Can Opener 2er-Pack
Gelert G.I. Can Opener 2er-Pack
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A friend in need is a friend indeed., 6. Oktober 2015
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gelert G.I. Can Opener 2er-Pack
There are some technologies that just cannot be improved on. You're looking at one of those technologies now. Whoever invented the p- 38 had a sharp idea and has made food available for the world.

My first encounter with this device was in Vietnam 67 -- 68. In those days, we ate C. rations. The two and dispense of tools were the AR-16E and the P-38. On the AR-16E, you could use the flash suppressor to break the bands on the C. ration's cases. Then use the P-38 to do the final work of opening cans. Now days we have MRE's or meal ready to eat. Therefore, there is no longer a need for an AR-16E. However, the P-38 can still perform its legacy option in the field or in the office.

Do not wait until you need this device; buy it now and be prepared.


Color Out Of Space [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Color Out Of Space [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Probably should have read the book first, 6. Oktober 2015
Jonathan Davis' father turned strange and has runs off to Germany. His son follows looking for him. There the son encounters some odd people that tell him a story of a strange meteorite encounter and how his father is a part of the story. Smart kid does not swallow that gobbledygook; do we?

Never mind the cheep CGI it the story that is of interest. Most of the dialog is in German. Take heart there are subtitles. The version I watched that was a download cut the second line of the subtitles off. Luckily for me they only spoke slowly enough first year German so subtitles were not necessary. The film was mostly black and white with some pink blobs that I assume was the color in the title.

Looks like I will have to get the DVD just to see if the extras will add to the experience. Knowing the history of the story and the various adaptations may have added a little more continuity to the film as this film is also an adaptation.

I am a fan of Lovecraft in general and even have a couple of the movies ("The Dunwich Horror" and "The Call of Cthulhu".) I found I did not like "Dagon" and ambivalent about this critter.


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