Finishing off Agamemnon at Madingley Hall

Happy Helllenists

Happy Hellenists

I strike him twice and in two cries of oimoi
his limbs gave way, and I give him once fallen
a third blow in addition

A slightly reinforced group completed its assault on the most formidable text in surviving Greek literature under the leadership of Tony Verity, who congratulated his team on their heroic achievement.  The seven participants each in turn read aloud and translated passages of 10-15 lines and the group covered a bit more than 100 lines per 90-minute session.  I certainly learned some interesting things about the use of different metres and how the agon between two parties sometimes came down to whose metre would prevail.

During our free time on Saturday afternoon, I wandered round the grounds and took some photographs (as well as getting muddy).

Madingley Hall in the Autumn sunshine

Madingley Hall in the Autumn sunshine

We also had a talk from Dr Lucilla Burn of the Fitzwilliam Museum on Greek Myths (as illustrated by Greek vases).

Enigmatic vase from the Fitzwilliam with pigs

Enigmatic vase from the Fitzwilliam with pigs

More about Greek at Madingley here.

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